Liem Ma, who with his famlly owns a couple Vietnamese restaurants in the Italian Market, is prepping for a June opening of Mekong River, a polished Viet with a bar, at 1120 S. Front St.

The property is at the corner of Front and Titan Streets, down the block from The Ugly American.

Ma tells me that he'll serve pho plus the standards such as rice vermicelli dishes.

In terms of look and feel, I'm reminded of the refined Le Viet on 11th Street north of Washington Avenue.