Feeling Tempted? Check Out Temptasians, a New Vietnamese Restaurant in CF
one local eatery brings diverse, tantalizing new eats, boba teas to Chippewa Falls
After contracting osteomyelitis, an infection in the spine, John Tran – formerly a regional manager for Kingpin Management, received a phone call from the owner of Ku’s Asian Express. It turns out, the owner was selling his business and wanted to know if Tran would like to purchase it.
Buying the restaurant really helped motivate me to get better and start with the healing process.
co-owner of Temptasians
Tran’s 12-year-old daughter, Lynn, was perhaps most excited about the idea of starting a new venture. As the self-proclaimed manager of the business, her plan was to start a boba tea shop. But after pitching the idea to Tran’s sister, Tiffany, the family decided to launch a new Vietnamese restaurant, Temptasians, at 504 N. Bridge St. (The small building has been home to several restaurants over the years, including Ku’s Asian Express, Bomb Taco, and Rosy’s.)
“When I got out of the hospital, it was tough,” Tran said. “I was in a lot of pain. I could hardly walk. But then I purchased the building ... and I think that buying the restaurant really helped motivate me to get better and start with the healing process.”
Temptasians – a play on the word “temptations” – offers quality, locally sourced Vietnamese eats, including homemade eggrolls from a family’s longtime recipe, lemongrass pork, traditional banh mi (substituting out the traditional liver pâté), as well as boba teas. The boba teas will have endless options, Tran said, including milk teas, slushies, fruit teas, and regular tea with customizable flavors, syrups, and pop-in pearls – a delicious new fad that replaces tapioca pearls.
“For the Vietnamese people and the Asian community, I’m hoping that they will feel like this is a taste of home,” he said. Temptasians, which officially opened in early July, is the only boba tea shop in Chippewa Falls. Initially, the family worried about the success of their endeavor, as a primarily minority-led business and a new type of business to the area, but their fears were quickly put to rest.
“The whole community in Chippewa Falls has been so supportive, and it’s been so great to see because being a minority, you always get scared about: Am I going to feel welcome opening a business? Am I going to be welcome in the city?” Tran said. But, their opening day was a success.“It just goes to show that the community in Chippewa Falls is very supportive of us.”