Free dinner available tonight for three hours
VIETNAMESE street food restaurant Rolld has been flooded with more than 1200 customers so far as it offers free meals for its grand opening at Sunshine Plaza.
The free lunch offer was extended by half an hour, Rolld operations manager Michael Jamieson told the Daily.
"We ended up extending until 3.30 because there were just so many customers - over 1200," he said.
"It's been a great day, with heaps of good customer feedback.
"People kept saying, 'we've needed something like this on the Coast'.
"It was really positive - a great start." Customers will be offered free Pho (hot Vietnamese soup) until 8pm. Register online first here.
VIETNAMESE street food vendor Rolld has arrived on the Sunshine Coast, and is offering free meals at lunch and dinner as it bursts onto the Sunshine Plaza food scene.
Cotton Tree residents Eileen and Alan Kelly were out for a morning stroll when their curiosity took them to Rolld. They'd ready about the store's opening in the Daily, Eileen explained.
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"We were in Vietnam earlier this year," she said.
"I hope they (Rolld) are half as good as what they have over there. We love the freshness."
Rolld is offering customers two free Soldiers (rice paper rolls) of any flavour from 12 noon to 3pm, and free cup of pho (hot Vietnamese soup) between 6-8pm for its grand opening "free food day".
Eileen said in the past six years since she and Alan moved to the Sunshine Coast, they had noticed more Asian eateries open.
"We couldn't believe, when we came six years ago, how few options there were. But now it seems to be getting more popular."
Alan agreed, anticipating Rolld would go well on the Coast.
"I think it'll take off because the sushi scene has," Alan said.
They Kellys also frequent Yum Cha Cuisine, a Chinese restaurant also at Sunshine Plaza which specialises in dim sum - small portions served in steamer baskets.
*Correction: free meals are being offered in the specified times above, not all day as the Daily reported on Tuesday.
Update Tuesday: Coast's newest food outlet offers free Vietnamese
AN URBAN restaurant popular in Melbourne and Sydney will bring Vietnamese street food culture to the Sunshine Coast when it opens on Thursday.
Expect "organised chaos" if you're planning to take advantage of all-day free meals being offered as the Sunshine Plaza store opens, Rolld operations manager Michael Jamieson says.
More than 700 Sunshine Coast residents have already RSVPd to an invitation to the "Free Food Day" on Facebook, he said.
From fresh Cuo (rice paper rolls) to Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup), Banh Mi (French-inspired baguette) and Bun (noodle salad), the Rolld menu offers lunch and dinner options for $10-13 including a drink.
The best way to familiarise yourself with Vietnamese street eats, Rolld founder Bao Hoang says, is to try them all.
"We're very excited," he said.
"The customers in the market out there will hopefully warm to it very quickly.
"They can test it and try it, and hopefully they'll come back as regular customers."
Located at the Sunshine Plaza shop formerly occupied by Mad Mex, Rolld will be near the Riverwalk bridge and opposite Snag Stand.
It will be the first regional Queensland outlet for Rolld, which is popular in urban centres of Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Mr Hoang said his only other regional offering was in Geelong, Victoria, but he was confident the health-conscious Sunshine Coast population will quickly warm to his recipes.
Rolld meals including Pho were inspired by his Vietnamese-born mother's cooking, he said.
"My mum still makes every packet of ingredients for that soup," he said.
"Pho - noodle soup - was stolen from her mother-in-law."
Rolld began in Melbourne in 2012 and now has 40 stores across five Australian states, including five in Brisbane.
Mr Jamieson said the permanent manager for Sunshine Plaza store had just been recruited and would take over once his training was complete.
Speaking to the Daily two days before its scheduled opening, the signage had not yet been erected at the store and staff were busy creating the space.
"There's a lot of action - it's organised chaos," he said.
"That's actually what we try to create - the hustle and bustle of Vietnamese street food culture. We like to be able to have that, even in our stores."
The Vietnamese cuisine business was fast growing in Queensland, with three new stores set to open in the 2016-17 financial year and another eight next year bringing the Queensland total to 17.