WESTSIDER PROFILES – PHOENIX NGUYEN

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By Lelet Lumani

Mr Phoenix Nguyen has a café on Paisley Street. When he was looking at cafe’s to buy there was also one in Moonee Ponds, but he chose the one in Footscray because it was right around the corner from his home.

“I was born in Vietnam and came to Australia when I was 7 years” he said. Now 49, he is married with 3 children, and loves gardening.

“That is my hobby away from the Bread House Café, I normally do it every day at home, it is a good release away from work.”

The first thing you will notice when walking into the Bread House Café is the greeting – a hello from Phoenix or one of the staff, who’s exuberance is infectious to say the least. From the first time you walk in you feel like a true patron that has been going there for years – almost like a family member.

Mr Nguyen has owned the shop for 2 years now, is well settled and has no intention of leaving the West.

“I’ve always loved it here, the Western suburbs have always been very good for us.”

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