"People call it a Vietnamese Chipotle," jokes co-owner Lisa Bui of 6-1-Pho, a new fast casual eatery opening Monday, August 3, in Clintonville. The restaurant - owned by Bui and her husband Ian Capotosta - will feature customizable Vietnamese bowls and subs.

"People call it a Vietnamese Chipotle," jokes co-owner Lisa Bui of 6-1-Pho, a new fast casual eatery opening Monday, August 3, in Clintonville. The restaurant - owned by Bui and her husband Ian Capotosta - will feature customizable Vietnamese bowls and subs.

The concept is two years in the making. Capotosta, a graduate of the Florida Culinary Institute with 25 years experience in the restaurant industry, came up with the idea. "We wanted to start a concept that didn't exist," Bui says. Bui, who is Vietnamese, drew on generations of family recipes to develop the menu. She said they were overwhelmed with the family's input. "I didn't realize how many foodies were in my family," she jokes.

"We want to present these cuisines in a modern way without losing their authenticity," she says. Bui adds that they hope to introduce Vietnamese fare to customers who might be intimidated by it.

Their goal is to keep the menu simple, with three bowls, four subs and two appetizers. Bowls include pho, rice or cold noodle salad. For soups, diners choose from chicken, beef or a vegetarian broth; every meal is customizable through the choice of proteins like beef, chicken or meatballs. There are four house-made subs, all versions of the Vietnamese banh mi sandwich. Bui said they're making nearly everything from scratch, including their own pate and mayonnaise. Meals will range from about $8 to $9.75.

The restaurant is opening just for dinner hours Monday, 4:30-9:30 pm, and will resume regular hours Tuesday. Bui says the eatery will be open 11:30 am to 9:30 pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 11:30 am to 8 pm Sundays.

As for the name, Bui says they're playing off the misnomer of pho being pronounced as "foe," when the correct Vietnamese pronunciation is "fuh."

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast, beer and Columbus at BreakfastWithNick.com and authored the breakfast guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus." He also leads tours for Columbus Food Adventures and Columbus Brew Adventures.