Viet Huong, a fixture at 7919 E. 21st St. for 28 years, has been sold to new owners, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.
According to the post:
“On the 2 year anniversary of Cuong Billy Tran’s passing, it is sad for us to publicly announce that we are no longer the owners of Viet Huong Restaurant. The Tran family would like to thank every single person that has supported us for the last 28 years. Customers that have turned into friends, & those friends that have turned into family. We could not be who we are without each and every one of you. You have allowed us to fulfill our American dream, the very reason my father wanted to come to America. Thank you to everyone that sat down and listened to my father talk about his past and how he got Viet Huong to be the landmark that it is. Viet Huong was more than a business, more than a second home, it was our first and primary home. Again, we would like to thank each and every one who have made Viet Huong what it is. This is not goodbye. We hope to see all of you again in the future sometime.
Kally Tran on behalf of the whole Tran family.”
Cuong “Billy” Tran had worked as an interpreter and intelligence agent for seven years for U.S. Special Forces during the Vietnam War. After the war, fearful of the Communists, he maintained a low profile and projected the appearance of a “dumb and poor” restaurant owner, he said in a 2003 interview.
He tried five times to escape the country with his family before he finally made it to a Philippine refugee camp in 1988. He ended up in Tulsa in 1989 because he had a sister living here. In 1990, he opened Viet Huong with wife Dia Nguyen as lead cook.