May 17, 2007
Vientiane to Rise Again

Unable to renew their lease, Susan Sisommout and her husband, Dariphone "Pon" Sisommout, closed their popular and acclaimed Laotian/Thai restaurant Vientiane along West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento three months ago.

Since then, they've been remodeling another West Sacramento site where they hope to relocate Vientiane this summer, probably in July, says Susan Sisommout. It will be in a former consignment and antiques shop at Jefferson Square, 1001 Jefferson St., not far off Capital City Freeway, an accessibility she is hoping will help boost dinner business.

The concept, format and menu largely will be the same, though the dining area might be a little smaller than the space she had at the West Capitol Avenue site. She'll have a bigger kitchen, however.

The couple took over Vientiane last July when the original owners, Sith and Vanh Oriyavang, who had founded the restaurant nine years earlier, retired and sold the business to the Sisommouts, their cousins, who at the time owned Pothong Market in North Sacramento, which they have turned over to other family members.

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