Up in the Treehouse
To say being a restauranteur is in Chi “Bay” Tran’s blood would be an understatement. Her grandfather trained in the culinary arts in France and eventually became head chef at the French embassy in Saigon. Tran’s father, aunts and uncles were all culinarians who ran restaurants in both Vietnam and the US. Tran worked in the business herself for a while, and though she always dreamed about opening a restaurant of her own, she got sidetracked by other business endeavors. Tran finally decided to follow her passion, though, and began planning Tree House, which will open later this month on South Grand.
The restaurant features what Tran describes as “elevated vegetarian fare,” along with a few vegan options and raw items. The menu will change seasonally and include as many house-made items as possible. The space is a sensory feast in and of itself. The restaurant was designed by Space Architecture and features classic details like the original tin ceiling, in addition to custom touches like the two bars designed and built by Mwanzi Company, a local green workshop, using reclaimed materials. In the future, Tran hopes to offer culinary classes to help others discover the love of cooking. 3177 S. Grand Blvd.