Bamboo Bistro bound for Grafton

By Melanie Boyung

Jan. 10, 2019

 Rosati’s Pizzeria closed, opened briefly, then closed again for good last year.
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GRAFTON — One family’s goal is to bring the food they know and love to the community around them, because their community is just another kind of family.

Joslyn Trinh, her sister Thu Trinh and Thu’s husband, Luat Dang, will open Bamboo Bistro, an authentic Asian restaurant, at 1955 Wisconsin Ave., previously occupied by Rosati’s.

“My plan and goal is to introduce our food, a lot of popular Asian dishes, to the people around here,” Joslyn Trinh said.

She said they are hoping to have Bamboo Bistro open in February, though they do not have a specific date yet. They have been working on getting the restaurant clean and redecorated over the past two months, and for the next few weeks will continue developing the menu while they go through permitting for the business.

Trinh and her sister are already local businesspeople; they own and run Ritz Nails & Salon in Cedarburg. Thu Trinh and Dang ran a restaurant in Texas before they moved to Wisconsin, and Joslyn Trinh said her brother-in-law has loved cooking since he was 13 years old. While the Trinhs have the salon and Dang works in aerospace, opening a restaurant here has long been on their minds.

“We’ve been looking (for a location) for a few years,” Trinh said.

The family lives in Cedarburg and Mequon, and has found a location for their newest endeavor in Grafton. Trinh said the family loves Wisconsin, the Ozaukee County area and its people.

She said they have been developing the menu using all the feedback they can find, talking to friends, family and customers at the salon about what they like, what they would like to try and what sorts of food they would like to see on the menu. Originally from Vietnam, the Trinh family will have Vietnamese on the menu, but Trinh said the menu will also include items from across Asia.

What exactly will be on the menu is yet to be finalized, and even once Bamboo Bistro is open, it may change now and then as more customer ideas come in, she said.

“Some items stay on the menu, but every week we do something new,” Trinh said.

Down the road, she said, sushi may appear, as she has a cousin who works as a Japanese chef in Tennessee whom she plans to visit and train. She said Bamboo Bistro will also serve some American and kid-friendly dishes, because parents who want to try some new cuisine may have children who are not feeling as adventurous.

“We try to offer Vietnamese, a little Japanese. We try to focus on healthy food,” Trinh said.

“The restaurant (will) open for the people. They can give us all their ideas,” she added.