April 26, 2018
The District by Hannah An: Where Strangers Become Family.
The District, which opened in Feb 2015, is the first solo effort by Hannah, whose family’s House of An empire includes Thanh Long, the original San Francisco and the Beverly Hills Crustacean, AnQi, and Tiato. However, she isn’t entirely cutting the cord. Designed by Kenneth Ussenko of KU Productions with An’s input, the 320-seat restaurant, like Crustacean Beverly Hills, evokes a Colonial Vietnamese moment-in-time as soon as you enter, possibly because the front doors are 100-year-old pieces from Vietnam. The rest of the space follows suit in rich, deep-hued furnishings and vine-entwined archways. Intricately handcrafted to transport guests into Vietnam's sensational past, The District by Hannah An is unlike any Vietnamese restaurant in the U.S. Before entering, guests are awestruck from the street by the Hoi An room, where Edison lights emit a welcoming glow reminiscent of the bustling "Lantern Town."