Vietnamese eatery Hanoi Hannah is shutting down operations at its High Street location, but is set to reopen next year across the street. Hanoi Hannah Express Lane, just up the road, will stay put for now, serving banh mi, rice paper rolls, pho and vermicelli salads to HH fans experiencing withdrawals, but it too will close when the new restaurant opens.
The original Hanoi Hannah has been a Windsor staple for nearly eight years, but Simon Blacher, director at Commune Group (which also owns Tokyo Tina, Neptune, and upcoming Australian Open pop-up Beijing Betty), says it was time to expand.
"We pretty much outgrew our space,” he says. “We’re trying to give everyone a new offering and reinvest back into the suburb that we started in.”
The new flagship eatery designed by Ewert Leaf Architects will be the largest so far, with a central bar and large communal dining table.
“We don't want to make it too flash or too clean, that's not what Hanoi Hannah is about,” says Blacher. “We don't take ourselves too seriously but we do take our food seriously.”
Hanoi Hannah is known for its modern take on Vietnamese street food, and while the menu for the new spot won’t be a huge departure from this, Blacher can reveal there’ll be more dishes cooked on an open flame.
Hanoi Hannah at 180 High Street, Windsor will close in mid-November. The new flagship eatery at 223 High Street Windsor will open in mid-2019. Hanoi Hannah Express Lane, at 186 High Street, Windsor, will remain open throughout the transition.