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Pho Tau Bay patriarch, Y Van Vu, dies at 91

The pho loving Vu immigrated here in 1975.


Pho Tau Bay, recently in the news for its joyous re-opening on Tulane Avenue, has suffered a sad loss. Y Van Vu, who started Pho Tau Bay in Vietnam before having to emigrate to the U.S. in 1975, passed his legacy early on to his daughter, Anh Thu Cao, who opened up locations in Vietnam before following her father to New Orleans and opening four restaurants prior to Katrina.

After the storm, the family reopened the Gretna location only, which closed in early 2015, before re-opening on Tulane Avenue earlier this month.

The Times-Pic's Todd Price references an interview with Vy from 2005, during which he stated, "Pho, it's a flavor you can't find anywhere else. Once you have that memory in your brain, you never forget. If you are a pho lover, you never forget."

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