After nearly 15 years, Lucky Corner’s flagship location in downtown Frederick has been sold, but its newer location will remain in the family’s hands.
On May 21, Lucky Corner announced on its Facebook page that it will offer “our original menu and same great service exclusively from our Westview Promenade location.”
The Huynh family opened Lucky Corner, a Vietnamese restaurant, at 700 N. Market St. in 2005.
They bought the Westview location, at 5100 Buckeystown Pike, in 2016.
In April, they sold the original location to Nikki and Eyi Jin Song, a husband and wife they have known for a while.
“People ask, ‘Why did you sell?’” said Davis Nguyen, the general manager of Lucky Corner.
Psa Huynh, who is a chef at the restaurant, said that they were struggling to keep both locations open with not enough staff. Being in his early 60s and wanting to retire soon, Huynh wanted his son, Trung, to focus on improving the quality of food at the Westview location.
Nguyen said that while the old location “brought in good money,” they decided to keep the Westview location because it is newer and has better parking.
The Songs are not new to the restaurant industry. They own Sapporo Japanese Kitchen in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, but have always wanted to open a restaurant in Frederick, Nikki Song said.
Since the sale, the Songs have added some Korean dishes, such as bulgogi (thin slices of marinated beef), gal bi (beef short rib) and gop dol bibimbap (a rice dish with kimchi, namul, and a protein or vegetable).
They also plan to add a sushi menu, what Nikki calls “our specialty,” with a sushi bar at the front entrance, as well as bubble tea.
Besides the sushi, bubble tea and bulgogi, the menu will stay mostly the same, she said.
“We’re changing it little by little,” she said.
After the sale, the Songs and the Huynhs signed a three-month contract, in which the Huynhs agreed to train the Songs’ employees and teach their chefs to cook the Lucky Corner recipes, according to Nguyen. Another part of the agreement was to allow the North Market Street location to keep the name until the end of the contract.
In July, when the contract is up, the Songs will change the name of the restaurant to Lucky Forever, Song said.
Since the downsizing, dinner at Lucky Corner at Westview Promenade is still busy, as usual, but lunch is slower, Huynh said, with fewer people ordering takeout.
“People don’t have time to drive out 30, 45 minutes,” he said.
The downsizing has also brought some good, however.
According to Huynh, the chefs are now being paid $14 to $15 per hour, compared with the $11 an hour when the family owned both locations.
And some things, like the menu, will remain the same.
“We’re still doing good, though,” Huynh said.