To all beloved customers of Co Tu Oriental,
Co Tu Oriental has been a part of the Bloomington community for the past five years serving authentic Vietnamese food to our community and everyone who enjoys a hot bowl of Pho. Everyone who has been to our restaurant knows we are a family-owned establishment. Every dish is prepared with love by our aunties and uncles and served with care by our cousins.
On November 23rd, 2022, a senseless act of violence took place at our restaurant, which led to one beloved customer’s death, and one family member was hospitalized for being shot twice. We are traumatized by what happened, deeply saddened for the victim’s family, and worried for our family members and the future of our restaurant. While we want nothing more than to continue providing comfort food for our customers, we have to close our business to grieve, recover and rebuild temporarily.
We are raising this fund to cover our family member (who got shot) medical expenses and the overhead cost of the restaurant while we are on hiatus.
We sincerely appreciate your support, thoughts and prayers. We hope to continue bringing you a little taste of Viet Nam soon. Until then, please be safe and be kind to each other.
Please note that we purposely omitted all the names and events in this post to protect everyone involved, as this remains an open investigation.
Thank you kindly,
Every member of Co Tu restaurant
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