Bon Banh Mi sets sights on expansion

Wade Spees/Staff Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Vietnamese-style sandwich shop Bon Banh Mi has hired a new operations manager to help the Spring Street restaurant open additional locations in the Charleston area.

According to Bon Banh Mi owner Jason Sakran, Hometown Hospitality Group alum James Romano is streamlining and standardizing methods for making salads, sandwiches and tacos.

“We are at a point now where scalability could occur without a loss of consistency or quality,” Sakran says, adding that he and co-owner Jeremy Spencer are exploring venues in Mt. Pleasant, James Island, West Ashley and North Charleston: “We are focused on finding the right lease arrangement first and foremost.”

In addition to readying the three-year old restaurant for expansion, Romano has introduced new menu items including Vietnamese iced coffee and sweet-and-hot pickles. He’s now developing five-spice potato chips, and plotting to host small plate dinners.

“The energy, passion and knowledge (Romano) brings to the table is tremendous,” Sakran says.

Prior to joining Bon Banh Mi this spring, Romano served as general manager of restaurants including Pearlz Oyster Bar and Liberty Tap Room and Grill.

Sakran says he hopes to have a second location secured by early next year.