A Vietnamese restaurant in California went viral after the owner’s daughter shared a video on TikTok of her father waiting for customers in an empty store.
Jennifer Lee, 21, reportedly came home from graduate school to help her parents in the family business. Leeds Noodle House Located on Hopper Avenue in Santa Rosa.
In the video, Lee captures his father, Vuong, leaning against an empty restaurant counter in a red winter jacket. Vuong is seen staring at the restaurant’s front door, looking sad and pensive due to the lack of customers.
shared by Lee video Posting a video of her father on TikTok on January 18, it has received over 900,000 views and over 111,000 likes.
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“So sad to see my parents just waiting to walk through the door to eat at a Vietnamese restaurant,” Lee wrote in the video’s caption.
TikTok do your thing and support my parents’ Vietnamese restaurant.My parents don’t have that many customers and were stressed dealing with financial issues. They make delicious Vietnamese food if you want to check it out
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After a TikTok video went viral, Lee’s Noodle House was inundated with new customers.
Following overwhelming support on social media, Lee created three more TikTok videos to provide more information about the restaurant, including videos and photos of Vietnamese food.
In the caption of the video shared Thursday, she wrote:
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The amount of love and response from the TikTok community is insane! The comments section left my parents and I in tears. We are so grateful for all the support and everyone who comes out! We hope you continue to spread the word of our little family business. My parents are the hardest workers I know and I want them to be happy and healthy.
@Jennifer 3rle Thank you very much and thank you to all the customers who have been coming to the store for many years! My parents and I were in tears in the comments section ? We are so grateful for all the support and everyone who is coming out! Please keep spreading the word of our little family business I’m happy. My parents are the hardest workers I know and I want them to be happy and healthy. Again, a big thank you to all of you. #Vietnamese food #baya area #santa rosa #Sonoma County #Four #restaurant #fyp ♬ It hurts – ♡
in an interview with Press Democratic PartyVuong said his family’s business went downhill during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
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Vuong explained that she was surprised by her daughter’s video and admitted that the moment she captured was one of sadness.
She surprised me a lot. She didn’t know she did that. But it is a fact. How come nobody eats at night? It’s very stressful. Normally she closes at 9, but now she closes at 7:30 because she can’t afford to pay PG&E’s gas, electricity bills, etc. and wait for customers.
The Lee family opened their first restaurant in 2003. Lee’s mother, her Ha Tran, is the head chef, and her father also cooks and serves. Her sister worked in restaurants for years before she became a nurse.
The 21-year-old was also involved in the family business throughout high school. Her family has expressed hope that they can maintain the success they have found through TikTok.