A new eatery bearing sandwiches is coming to the Sylvan | Thirty development. Bánh Mì Station will be a fast-casual restaurant specializing in the Vietnamese sandwich, and will open on the south side of Sylvan | Thirty, facing Sylvan Avenue, later in 2018.
Much later: Construction on the restaurant isn't even going to start until April. Banh mi sandwiches will not be in your grip any time soon — unless you can't wait and you go to one of the various other places that serve these sandwiches such as Sandwich Hag in Deep Ellum or Pho Is For Lovers on Greenville Avenue or the long-standing favorite Ba Le, almost out to Garland.
Bánh Mì Station will be a 1,440-square-foot space seating nearly 50 people; that includes an enclosed arched trellis patio. Design firm Coeval will give the space a French and industrial style that conveys the nostalgic feel of a train station.
The owner is Kevin Vivorakij, who previously owned popular Denton Asian-fusion restaurant The Bowllery; it closed in December when its lease was up. Vivorakij feels optimistic about the market in West Dallas.
"We expect Bánh Mì Station will become an immediate hit with the Sylvan | Thirty crowd that love to explore food from around the globe," he says in a release.
The basic bánh mì will feature braised five-spice pork belly, pickled carrot and daikon, jalapeno, cilantro, and cucumber on a toasted baguette. Other options will include braised duck, five-spice brisket, lemongrass grilled chicken, ginger turkey meatballs, smoked pulled pork, and braised tofu.
Other menu options will include bao, the steamed bun topped with meat and vegetables; and Asian-fusion sides such as Thai curry mac and cheese, papaya salad, and pulled pork Kimchi fries.
Customers can place their order at the counter, either through a cashier or a self-order kiosk. Self-service kiosks are suddenly becoming A Thing.
A pick-up area will feature a large window that peeks into the kitchen so that impatient customers can stare at the cooks while waiting for their orders.