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Kellogg grad plans downtown restaurant

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A recent graduate of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management has submitted plans to open a Vietnamese carry-out restaurant in downtown Evanston.

Noah Bleicher, who's been running Viet Nom Nom as a catering service since he graduated from Kellogg last year, plans to take over the spot in the Carlson Building at 618-1/2 Church St. that until recently was home to the Funky Monk.

Bleicher and co-owner Alan Moy say in their application to the city for a special use permit that they plan to offer "Vietnamese-inspired recipes served with a priority on freshness, flavor and efficiency."

Noah Bleicher and Alan Moy.

They say they'll have a total of 10 to 12 full-time employees between the restaurant and catering operations.

The restaurant space they're leasing currently seats about 33 people, but Bleicher and Moy plan to substantially expand the kitchen area and reduce the indoor seating to just four chairs at a counter. They also plan to have a sidewalk cafe with an additional 12 seats.

They say all deliveries and catering activity will happen through the rear entrance to the Carlson Building and so won't affect traffic on Church Street.

The special use request is scheduled to be reviewed by the city's Design and Project Review Committee Wednesday. It will also be reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals and will require City Council approval.

Assuming the restaurant here succeeds, Bleicher and Moy have hopes of launching a chain of similar fresh-food outposts.

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