In 2011 Chopsticks House on Brunswick St closed after a failed interior redesign where the dining space was painted electric blue. It was rebranded as Sizzling Saigon but that too closed by early 2012. It then reopened as Pho 369 and was given an indifferent review in May 2012 before closing again.
Whatever its name, it never seemed able to compete with the nearby Viet Rose. In the meantime, another Vietnamese restaurant called An Nam has opened on the same block, so competition has increased. It’s been closed for months with no sign of activity within, but in the past few days there have been signs of activity and new signage has just been erected. It’s now called Basil Leaf Pho La Que. Will it work this time or should the owners give up?