Hollywood sandwich sensation Banh Oui is set to expand a bit further south, taking over a small new space on busy Melrose, right by Auburn and Mozza. The shop will carry the same name as the Cahuenga corridor original, but will offer a few distinct advantages.
Owners Casey Felton and Armen Piskoulian have snagged the closed Stuff’d Dumpling Shop. The narrow takeaway space aspired to be a home for international dumplings of all varieties, but closed after a little more than a year without much fanfare.
The shop will still focus on modern banh oui sandwiches that pull from the pair’s finer-dining backgrounds, with the addition of baked goods. That means mochi muffins, sticky toffee pudding, and more, plus the return of a few classic items like shrimp toast.
Banh Oui first began life as a Smorgasburg pop-up before branching out in 2017 to Silver Lake with a quirky residency on the leafy patio of an auto body shop, of all places. Last summer, the team took over the closed Smoke’s Poutinerie storefront in a strip mall at Cahuenga and Selma, near Trejo’s Cantina and the upcoming 3rd Base, a high-end sports bar. More recently, Piskoulian and Felton began tinkering with Armenian khachapuri primarily as a delivery and take-out option, under the name Tony Khachapuri.
The new Banh Oui Melrose should open this month, and keep hours from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., or 10 a.m. on weekends.
Banh Oui. 6909 Melrose Ave.Los Angeles, CA.