Zomo Vietnamese-American food comes with family ties

Chi Nguyen, who moved to U.S. in 1975, created most of menu

Posted 8/19/19

It's a family affair when you walk through Zomo, the Englewood restaurant of Alysia Davey and her fiancé, Ryan Anderson. Greeting you at the door may be Davey's mother, Kris Nguyen, who handles the …

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Zomo Vietnamese-American food comes with family ties

Chi Nguyen, who moved to U.S. in 1975, created most of menu

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It's a family affair when you walk through Zomo, the Englewood restaurant of Alysia Davey and her fiancé, Ryan Anderson. Greeting you at the door may be Davey's mother, Kris Nguyen, who handles the front of the restaurant. If you go to the bar, her brother Son Nguyen is there serving up drinks to customers. In the back of the kitchen, her grandmother Chi Nguyen will be running the whole kitchen staff.

It doesn't stop there. Davey's sister Cerise Davey is the "expo" (expeditor) in the kitchen and her sister Mya Nguyen is a server at the restaurant.

Occupying what used to be the El Tepehuan restaurant space at 3457 S. Broadway, Zomo Asian + American Eatery, a Vietnamese-American restaurant, opened toward the end of May. The building has been owned by Anderson's family since the late 1960s. The restaurant has been three years in the making as Davey and Anderson's family renovated the restaurant into a modern design featuring bamboo decorations, a wall decorated with Vietnamese fans, abacus patio dividers and more.

“The fact that the building was in the family, it was meant to be. I think Englewood is a great opportunity, because it's growing,” said Anderson.

A good majority of the menu is food Davey grew up eating in Chi's kitchen. Chi came to Kansas from Vietnam in 1975 and has created a good majority of Zomo's menu. One of the restaurant's popular menu items are Chi's egg rolls. Her family boasts about how she once made and sold 3,000 egg rolls at a state fair in Kansas.

“The family theme is rooted so deeply in this place. I would say this is a generational thing,” said Davey. “This restaurant will hopefully be around for many generations.”

While it is preparing to roll out its full menu, Zomo's food options are diverse and include stir fry, shrimp skewers, green papaya salad and more. Its bar serves draft beer, original cocktails and wine.

“Many in our community were first introduced to Zomo at the Englewood Block Party where they shared their egg rolls. From then on, the community waited patiently for their opening, and the compliments continued for almost everything on the menu,” said David Caroll, executive director for the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce. Zomo is part of the chamber, which aims to promote its business members.

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