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Meanwhile, the Banh Mi Shop at 567 Melville Avenue in the Delmar Loop is donating 10% of its sales March 19-21 to Stop AAPI Hate.

“Being an Asian American-owned business, I felt like we had to do something,” owner Jimmy Trinh tells Off the Menu.

Trinh says before this week he did not want to draw attention to the rise in racist incidents directed at Asian Americans because he worried it would provoke copycat crimes against his business or the Asian-American community in St. Louis.

But after the killings in Atlanta, Tranh says, “it was just time to maybe stand up for ourselves or say something or use what was available to us” to speak out.

The Banh Mi Shop is open for takeout only. Chao Baan is open for dine-in service and takeout; the restaurant recommends reservations for indoor dining.

Jimmy Trinh, owner of the Banh Mi Shop in the Loop Photo by Chris Kohley, Post-Dispatch

Jimmy Trinh, Banh Mi Shop owner.
Photo by: Chris Kohley, Post-Dispatch

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