Nguyen Tran, Co-Founder of Starry Kitchen, talks about his restaurants rise from an illegal restaurant in the back of his apartment to one of LA’s highest-rated Asian restaurants. Lots of F-words too!

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Nguyen Tran is one-half, Chief Instigator and “Social Media Addict” of the Downtown Pan-Asian eatery, Starry Kitchen. Nguyen and his wife Thi originally started Starry Kitchen in May 2009 as an illegal+underground restaurant experiment out of the back of their apartment literally built on Facebook, Twitter & Yelp. Six months later, their apartment became the number one Asian Fusion listing in all of Los Angeles on Yelp. In Feb 2010, they went “legit” and opened a brick+mortar restaurant with no prior restaurant experience serving their formerly “underground” wares in a very unlikely corporate setting in downtown LA. Prior to this to this beautiful accident gone right, Nguyen also worked in the film business for 10 years selling, distributing and marketing independent films.

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    Straight maniac. Total renegade. Talented guy who tells the story of starting an illegal restaurant in his home and having it becoming the #1-rated Asian food restaurant in LA on Yelp.

    Jon Setzen