What do you do?
Dung My Tram

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the owner and operator of the Vietnamese Garden Restaurant, 3043 W. Pikes Peak Ave. My first name is pronounced “young” and means Hibiscus flower in my language.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I addition to managing the business, I am also the master chef. This is a big change for me after spending about 22 years in the electronics industry, first as an assembler, then as a technician. Before that, in my country, I taught photography and guitar lessons.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I have been in business here on the Westside for nearly seven months. However, I have been cooking since I was a teenager. I was responsible for taking care of my siblings when I was in Vietnam. With limited supplies, I had to be a creative cook.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I’ve always liked to cook, and now I enjoy providing my customers with authentic cuisine from my country. It’s fun to be challenged to prepare new specials, and it’s rewarding when people seem to love my food.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       To have people find my restaurant easily or have a better location.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       All of the laws and paperwork required to open a new restaurant and operate under the building, employment and health codes.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       Working on the Westside is special because of the sense of heritage and community.

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