Kim Nguyen always knew she wanted to open a Vietnamese restaurant in New Orleans. After all, both her mother and grandmother had operated their own. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Kim’s family’s restaurants and homes were destroyed, and much of the Vietnamese community in the area was displaced.
After moving to Houston and meeting her husband Luu, the couple risked their savings and moved back to New Orleans to open Magasin Cafe and make Kim’s dreams come true.
Six years later, the couple own and operate two New Orleans-based restaurants, Magasin Cafe and Magasin Kitchen, as well as Magasin Table in Oklahoma City. Proudly following in their family’s footsteps, they now share their Vietnamese heritage with people from all walks of life.
Watch the latest episode of “Unpacked” to see their story, and also hear from Cyndi Nguyen, the city’s first-ever Asian-American councilwoman, who says “I am very proud of the Vietnamese community, of their resiliency.”