Saigon Social Vows Return After Fire Last Week

Posted on: May 9th, 2022 at 5:09 am by

Closed for a week, Saigon Social continues to pick up the pieces from a fire onsite.

“We are incredibly grateful that the fire was contained and no one got hurt,” the restaurant said in an Instagram update over the weekend.

As ownership continues to assess damages from the fire at 172 Orchard Street last Monday, friends of the establishment set up a GoFundMe drive to help raise cash. To date, Saigon Social has already raised nearly $50k of a stated $75k goal to rebuild and support staff during the temporary closure.

The fire befell Saigon Social just over a month after a sprawling profile in the New York Times about the struggles of owner Helen Nguyen who started the restaurant during the height of the pandemic.

An apprentice of acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, Nguyen debuted Saigon Social two years ago to labor shortages, supply chain backlogs, and Covid shutdowns.

“I slept at the restaurant every night that first month because I was so depressed,” Nguyen said in the article. “I’ve been a one man band from the beginning.”

The fire also highlights the real challenges firefighters face due to the plethora of dining sheds blotting (and blighting) the neighborhood. In this instance, the temporary infrastructure outside Zazzy’s Pizza across the street was destroyed by responding fire personnel.

Saigon Social is closed for the duration. We’ll keep you posted on its reopening status.

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