NEW YORK, Ny. – Doctor Yahya Kasturi, world-renowned chef, philanthropist, and internationally recognized creator of the Pho restaurant chain, is opening his one millionth location in Times Square next month. Doctor Kasturi opened Pho #1 in Catonsville, Maryland over two decades ago and has since dedicated his life to spreading Vietnamese cuisine around the world.
With such exotic locations as Pho #376, which opened in 2005 next to the McMurdo Station, a U.S. Antarctic research center on Ross Island, Antarctica and Pho #22,891 situated outside the Chernobyl Tourism and Information Center in central Ukraine, Dr. Kasturi, or simply “Dr. Pho,” as his many friends and admirers affectionately call him, says he is close to achieving “culinary world-domination.”
This reporter was cordially invited to meet with Dr. Pho at his modest 110,000 square foot residence, nestled comfortably at the foot of the Marble Mountains in Vietnam’s De Nang Province, to discuss the grand opening of his one millionth restaurant. Over what is perhaps Dr. Pho’s most famous dish, Number 13, the humble doctor said, “Vietnamese food, I believe, is the Fountain of Youth. This is why the Americans came in 1954; and this is why they continue to come as tourists now.”
Dr. Pho said he will personally prepare the first twenty-five dishes for patrons during Pho #1,000,000’s opening night in Times Square. After which, Dr. Pho will immediately leave for JFK International Airport and board his personal jet to embark on a much-needed vacation with his loving wife and children to the white sand beaches of Belize, where they will sip Pina Coladas while feasting on exquisite dishes from Pho #192,003.