Congratulations to my new friends Nhan Nguyen and her husband Hai Chu and their family, the owners of the new Ha Long Bay restaurant, which is now open in the space at 20685 Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. previously occupied by Aroi Thai-Tsuyu (not to be confused with the still-open Arroy Thai on S.R. 54 in Wesley Chapel).

Several months ago, we announced in these pages that the new restaurant would be a new location of Hana Sushi, but when that deal fell through, Nhan and Hai jumped at the opportunity to open the fourth location of Ha Long Bay (the others are in St. Petersburg, Dunedin and Largo). Nhan and Hai also previously owned Ocean Blue Sushi Bar in Carrollwood.

The new Ha Long Bay features a variety of Vietnamese and Asian fusion favorites, including pho soup (top left photo), banh mi sandwiches (left), Chinese-style stir-fry dishes (bottom right) and fried rice (bottom left), Japanese-style gyoza dumplings (bottom left), poké bowls, rice combination plates, sushi and a large variety of boba teas. Beer, wine and saké should be available soon, too.

The new Ha Long Bay is managed by New Tampa residents Kay and Mandy Vongsa.

“They are like family to us,” Nhan says. And, with food like this, they’re kinda feeling like family to me, too. 

For more info, call (813) 406-4917 or visit

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