It’s around 11 o’clock on a Tuesday morning. On the corner of Argyle and Broadway, looking over a Chinese-style pagoda and a streetscape that reads “asia on argyle,” Ba Le, a Vietnamese sandwich shop, welcomes a constant flow of customers of all ethnicities.
“We see all kinds of people. On weekdays like today, you see Vietnamese, some Chinese and Americans,” said Foye, cashier at Ba Le. “On weekends, it’s all Vietnamese people.”
Since Le Vo, the original owner of Ba Le, came to the U.S. from Saigon and opened the Chicago branch in 1988, the identity of Argyle has changed from “New Chinatown” to “Little Saigon” to now “Asia on Argyle,” a commercial area that attracts new investments.