Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBC), announced Dong Phuong Bakery and Restaurant of New Orleans, La. to be Small Business of the Week, and will be submitting it into the official Congressional Record.

“Louisianians share a long history of triumph and resilience over hardship, and as a result, folks from all backgrounds pursue the American Dream with dedication and commitment. This is particularly true of the Vietnamese community and local small businesses in southeast Louisiana who came together to rebuild New Orleans East after Hurricane Katrina. During the rebuilding process, De and Huong Tran provided support and hope to their community,” said Vitter. “That is why I am honored to name Dong Phuong Bakery and Restaurant of New Orleans, La. as Small Business of the Week. For decades, the Dong Phuong Bakery and Restaurant has offered a comforting gathering place for locals to come together and enjoy traditional Vietnamese eats, and I look forward to seeing your continued success and positive impact in your community.”

Following the end of the Vietnam War, De and Huong Tran immigrated to the United States in search of a more peaceful life and greater opportunities for their young family. Drawing from her past working in her father’s bakery in Vietnam, Huong began baking a variety of Vietnamese delicacies, selling them to friends, family, and local shops in her community. Realizing they had a hit, Huong and De opened the Dong Phuong Oriental Bakery in 1981. Today under the ownership and management of Huong Tran and Linh Tran Garza, Dong Phuong Bakery and Restaurant continues to produce and sell traditional Vietnamese pastries and items with a French flair out of their original location in the Versailles neighborhood in New Orleans East.

Earlier this month, Vitter passed a bipartisan Senate Resolution declaring October to be National Women’s Small Business Month. Click here to read more. As SBC Chairman and in honor of National Women’s Small Business Month, Vitter continues the tradition of honoring America’s women-owned small businesses and entrepreneurs.