Like many startups, the idea for PhoEver blossomed from a passion. “We LOVE to eat. We LOVE to cook,” co-owners Kim and Lana say when asked why they opened a restaurant. “Our food is filled with LOVE. We love working with fresh, healthy ingredients and we love having people eat here. It’s like family.”
A Crazy Idea
The two are mothers, busy working-women, who met at West Valley College nearly two decades ago. They can’t precisely pinpoint when they decided to open a restaurant. “The idea just came to us,” they agree. “It was a crazy idea. But crazy in a good way.”
They traveled to Southeast Asia to explore tastes that would fit well with their Vietnamese culture and heritage. They tried out recipes at home.
Beyond Vietnamese Food – Asian Fusion
The dream became reality in January, 2016 when PhoEver opened. Lana creates all the recipes, artfully blending flavors that go together to create a fusion of cultures. “You don’t have to love Vietnamese food to love her dishes,” Kim says.
The extensive menu includes appetizers, entrees, sandwiches and desserts. Fish, chicken, steak, and of course, several pho offerings with deep, rich broths that are slow-cooked overnight. Sometimes Lana’s best ideas come from what’s seasonal in the market. Other recipes are the product of trial and error. Her hand-crafted marinades and sauces are already attracting interest from caterers who want to incorporate her creations in their menus.
PhoEver is MSG-free, offers several gluten-free offerings and has a page on the menu with vegetarian and vegan choices, including a tofu roll that Lana said is a favorite.
Like any Silicon Valley start-up, Kim and Lana find themselves working around the clock. The restaurant is open six days, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Closed Sundays).
Their passion is clear, and now it’s up to the customers. “We want feedback and ideas from everyone,” Kim said. So take your family, your work group, your significant other, or just go by yourself. Say hi, and check out what Sunnyvale is discovering about food cooked with passion, and presented with love.
PhoEver is located at 321 W Washington Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Drop in or give them a call at 408-962-0669. You can also contact them by email at: Info.firstname.lastname@example.org
When Tan and his wife Thy bought Lucky Shot Billiards in 2004, they set out to provide a welcoming environment with a comfortable atmosphere and top-of-the-line equipment. Tan said he would like this to be a fun place for players at all levels.
By all measures the vision has been a success. Whether people come for a company event, league play, or because they’ve just finished dinner nearby, the consensus among customers is this is the best pool hall in Silicon Valley. Lucky Shot Billiards attracts a crowd of regulars and competition players as well as casual hobbyists. It is a popular event venue for bachelorette and birthday parties. Groups from prominent Silicon Valley businesses have held events there such as Google, Apple, Nvidia and Cisco.
For Love of the Game
The secret of success is in large part because Lucky Shot is about the love of the game and the camaraderie of friends. According to Tan, it is a place for people to get involved in the physical (technical) aspects of the game and the intellectual aspects of the game. “Pool,” says Tan, “is not just banging the ball.”
Tan’s love of the game is especially evident in the high-end pro shop, on-call cue master, and the fact that every year since he’s owned the business, at least one team from the Lucky Shot has gone on to compete in the APA national competitions.
The camaraderie is evident in the community fostered at the pool hall. The customers respond generously to fundraisers sponsored by Lucky Shot Billiards (where the business matches money raised). Beneficiaries are many and have included Second Harvest, Red Cross, firefighters and police. All tips to staff are pooled and given to charity. In the winter, customers collect coats and blankets to help local homeless people.
Stop by Sometime
The next time you are in Sunnyvale, stop on by. All you’ll see on So. Murphy Avenue is a neon sign above an open door with a flight of steps going down. (An elevator is also available – call for information). But don’t let the small entrance fool you.
There’s a lot going on and if you love pool, or just think it’s a great way to spend an hour, there’s no better place in Silicon Valley than Lucky Shot Billiards.
Lucky Shot Billiards is located at 189 S. Murphy Ave. Sunnyvale, Ca. 94086. They’re looking forward to seeing you soon. Drop down and give them a shot!
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