I remember years ago when I was in high school, I had this wild idea of opening up a Bubble Tea spot in Connecticut since there weren’t any there and even bought all the equipment with no plan or remotely any idea how to run a business and saw the potential it could have. A venture I was persistent on, especially only getting the chance to drink bubble tea whenever I visited Philadelphia as a child. I even remember selling my first bubble tea cup to my aunt and when she tasted it you can guess… didn’t like it at all. 😂
This once small scale dream of owning just a bubble tea spot grew into something much larger and grander. Entering college, I always tinkered with the idea of owning a Vietnamese restaurant and selling authentic Vietnamese cuisine to the locals of Philadelphia. With the idea being shelved over and over, year after year and with seemingly endless obstacles getting in the way, I decided to stop everything and focus all my energy into chasing what seemed an impossible dream.
I am happy to announce Main Street Pho! Manayunk’s first and only Vietnamese restaurant!
After years of dreaming and having life interrupt this once unreachable idea, I am truly blessed and proud of the restaurant my partner and I have created. I could not have done this alone and want to thank everyone who has been a building block as I step into the next stage of my life.
We as humans cannot be afraid, shy away or fear change. Rather we must be bold, courageous and brave to take the next steps in life no matter how difficult they may be and however much we want to revert back to our comfort zone. Not only has this restaurant taught me to chase down my dreams and to look beyond the dollar signs, but to be truly happy. Happy with the life I live, happy with my family/friends I have surrounded myself around and happy to just live in the moment. The material items and the people I once thought I could not live without were just lessons for me to grow and become a better person.
Take risks my friends. Follow your heart and always be on the pursuit to happiness.