Fort Worth's award-winning Vietnamese restaurant Four Sisters to close
An award-winning Vietnamese restaurant in Fort Worth is closing: Four Sisters - Taste of Vietnam, the acclaimed, family-centric restaurant located at 1001 S. Main St. that is literally named for the owner's four sisters, will close after four years.
According to owner Tuan Pham, the restaurant's final day will be December 23.
"So much is happening down the street, and Four Sisters being the only tenant on my side of Main Street was tough," Pham says. "It was a tremendous run, but this chapter is coming to a close."
Pham, a Fort Worth native, worked as a chef at renowned restaurants such as Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Café, before opening Four Sisters in late 2018 — named for his sisters, with a cuisine inspired by his mother that honored the Vietnamese cooking of his childhood.
Pham and his restaurant earned much acclaim including winning the award for Best New Restaurant in CultureMap's 2019 Tastemaker Awards as well a a nomination for Pham for Best Chef of the Year.
Four Sisters also made the 2019 list of Best New Restaurants in the state by Texas Monthly magazine, the only restaurant in Fort Worth to make the list that year.
The menu ranged from shaken beef and lemongrass tofu, to trendy items like bao buns, pho, stir-fried lobster, and crab fried rice. They frequently turned out creative specials like the "lobster Bao," their version of a Maine lobster roll with brown butter poached lobster on bao buns.
The restaurant also had a full liquor license, with craft cocktails served at a well-appointed bar.
Like many restaurants, Four Sisters closed during the pandemic, before reopening in May 2020, but then facing the aftermath, including factors such as labor and supply issues. In spring 2022, they shortened their hours, closing Sunday and Monday and offering lunch Wednesday-Thursday-Friday only, due in no small part to the lack of foot traffic in their building.
Pham says he has no immediate plans other than to double down on family time, which he's sorely missed in the past few years as a restaurant owner and chef.
"I'm hoping to give my kids the time they deserve, and make up for my absence from them in the past couple years," he says.