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La Grange restaurant owner opens first Vietnamese restaurant

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 3:47 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:33 p.m. CDT
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(Kristin Pedicini - kpedicini@shawmedia.com)
Omai Vietnamese restaurant, located at 50 S. La Grange Road in downtown La Grange.

LA GRANGE – Nestled among the shops and businesses along La Grange Road in the heart of downtown sits a new restaurant ready to challenge customers’ pallets; Omai.

After years of success in downtown La Grange with Thipi Thai, owner and cook, Tony Soto, has decided to take on a new culinary obstacle by opening the Vietnamese restaurant.

Soto opened La Grange’s first Vietnamese restaurant, Omai, in May and said so far he’s been happy with its progress.

Omai – located at 50 S. La Grange Road – is climbing the popularity charts by word of mouth rather than advertising, Soto said. The idea for the new restaurant came about when Soto noticed Vietnamese food was up and coming and then began taking cooking classes.

“I’ve been cooking all my life and I like the challenge of doing different things,” Soto said, who added the best part of cooking is seeing customers appreciate the food.

Since opening, the most popular dishes have been the lemon grass beef and spring rolls, Soto said.

Although the cook has been mainly focused on Thipi Thai for many years, Soto said the two restaurants are extremely different from one another.

“It’s just a neighborhood place,” he said, describing the menu as healthy food.

“I hope people like the food and enjoy it and come in, sit down and relax.”

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Visit Omai in downtown La Grange

Location: 50 S. La Grange Road,

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

Contact: 708-582-6107

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To see what else Soto has cooking up, visit Thipi Thai.

Location: 25 W. Calendar Court

Hours: 11 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Contact: 708-588-1002 or visit www.thipithai.com

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