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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
“My plan and goal is to introduce our food, a lot of
popular Asian dishes, to the people around here,” Joslyn
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
“We’ve been looking (for a location) for a few years,”
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.