I am Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen, a formerly illegal+underground restaurant in Los Angeles gone.. LEGIT and trying to go even MORE LEGIT. Ask me ANYTHING (illegal, legitimate or anything in between) I'm at your disposal!
Hi, I'm Nguyen Tran. 5.5 years ago my wife, Thi Tran, +I started an illegal+underground restaurant in LA that eventually became the #1 Asian Fusion Restaurant listing on Yelp (which I still think is BONKERS to this day). Last time we did it, we had 130 ppl go in and out of our home and there was only one rule: NO MOTHER FUCKING SHOES, IN MY MOTHER FUCKING APARTMENT ('cause we're Asian!)
If you want to read more about that fun+underground history, you can read this nifty article I wrote for Vice:Munchies about our illegal adventures here: http://munchies.vice.com/articles/how-to-run-an-illegal-restaurant?utm_source=redditama
We've since gone legit, opened up a brick-and-mortar, went viral, exposed the word to the fun of banana suits, became successful, fucked up equally as much, lost that restaurant, became a pop-up in downtown LA, then moved to Chinatown and we're still a pop-up...
And now we've drawn the line for our Go BIG, Go HOME moment to go MORE LEGIT with a crazy+ambitious(+potentially ludicrous) Kickstarter to #SaveOurBALLS: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1047227143/starry-kitchens-saveourballs-and-our-restaurant
I'm happy to go "open kimono" and answer ALL your questions about how to do this on your own, why this Kickstarter is SO EXPENSIVE (we agree!), our food, why we fucked up, how to do it right, Los Angeles, the best tacos in LA... whatever!