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Sandwich Pop-Up Banh Oui Grabs First Standalone Restaurant in Hollywood

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They’re taking over Smoke’s Poutinerie on Cahuenga

A big fried chicken sandwich with lots of greens from Banh Oui Melrose.
Fried chicken from Banh Oui
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Popular local sandwich pop-up Banh Oui has found its first brick & mortar home, opening up later this summer in the heart of Hollywood. The two-person team is taking over the defunct Smoke’s Poutinerie storefront inside the retail plaza at the corner of Cahuenga and Selma.

Banh Oui comes from partners Casey Felton and Armen Piskoulian. The pair has worked their pop-up in various locations over the past couple of years, from a standalone space attached to an auto body shop in Silver Lake to Downtown’s Standard Hotel rooftop to weekends at Smorgasburg at the ROW. They’ve been seeking a viable standalone restaurant for some time now, and seem to have found one in the only just-recently closed Smoke’s space in Hollywood. That restaurant, focusing on the heavyweight Canadian dish poutine, shuttered in April after a three-and-a-half year run.

Expect this new Banh Oui location to come online rather quickly, ideally within just a month or so. Most of that time will be focused on construction and space details, so expect a similar opening menu to what the team already serves at Smorgasburg. That means banh mi sandwiches with a variety of ingredients (fried chicken, steak, meatballs), plus sides like shrimp poppers, wings, and more. The opening Hollywood menu is below. And as for timing, expect daily hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., closed on Sundays.

Banh Oui, 1552 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles.