Following the tragic death of Kate Spade and celebrity chef, author and personality Anthony Bourdain, many celebrities and famous faces have come out to pay tribute to the sad losses. Most noteworthy of the group, Barack Obama took to Twitter to pay his respects to Bourdain, posting an old photo with him.
As part of an appearance on Bourdain’s CNN show, Parts Unknown as the president back in 2016, the pair dined at a Hanoi restaurant, eating pork noodles and beer. “He taught us about food,” wrote Obama. “But more importantly, about its ability to bring us together.”
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
For Bun Cha Huong Lien, the visit to the small restaurant proved to be hugely exciting for the owners. As reported by the Daily Mail, the restaurant decided to preserve the remnants of the visit including the cutlery and stools along side a photo of Bourdain and Obama. So if you find yourself at the Vietnamese hot spot take a look.
“The customers love it, many take photos next to the table,” co-owner of the restaurant Nguyen Thi Hang Nga told the BBC. “For us, it is a nice memory that we will cherish forever. It is not a PR gimmick, I don’t think we get more clientele.”
Bún chả Hương Liên—the eatery in Hanoi, Vietnam where Anthony Bourdain and Obama filmed an episode of Parts Unknown (season 8)—is preserving the moment forever by encasing the table (along with the blue plastic stools that they sat on) in glass. pic.twitter.com/99VJKI4WIj
— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) June 8, 2018