The story of the number 533 comes from the historic USS Cheboygan County, a Land Support Tanker (LST) in the U.S. Navy that had been one of the first to land at Normandy on D-Day in World War II. In April 1975, it was anchored off Vietnam, broken, beat up and with only one engine functioning. It was during the Fall of Saigon that nearly 300 Vietnam refugees made their way to the USS Cheboygan County and spent seven days hobbling across the ocean toward Malaysia and a future in the United States. One of the passengers was, then 10-year-old, Ahn ho Rock who later founded a restaurant in Palm Springs called Pho 533.
Pho 533 was a classic shopping mall pho-style venue with great recipes and a great location. In 2015, current owner and chef, Chad Gardner heard Pho 533 was for sale. “I had a vision of what I wanted to find,” says Gardner, “I have always wanted to blend classics like pho and vermicelli with contemporary Vietnamese and my own infused dishes. I feel incredibly fortunate that our guests have loved it and embraced us.”
Since taking charge in 2015, Gardner has updated and expanded the venue, added the full bar, and the popular spring roll bar. Chad’s passion for the fresh ingredients and bold flavors of Vietnamese cuisine combined with his personal love of creating edible art has led to 533’s current incarnation of Viet-fusion: time-honored Vietnamese cuisine infused with his own culinary flair for artful presentation stimulating all of the senses. In 2017, he updated the name from Pho 533 to 533 Viet-Fusion to highlight the evolution and future ideas for the restaurant.
At 533 Viet-Fusion, we are honored to have you join us in a journey that began over 40 years ago and continues into the future.
Our sister catering and event design business is Dash and a Handful, Palm Springs’ premier full service catering and special event design company. With over 20 years of fine dining hospitality experience in weddings, private occasions, as well as corporate and charity events, Dash and a Handful provides clients with the ultimate in five star service. Well known for his inventive presentation and his passion for exotic, bold spices and unique flavors, Event Designer and Culinary Artist, Chad Gardner has made Dash and a Handful the first choice for event design and catering among the who’s who in the greater Palm Springs area and beyond.
We help with every aspect of your special occasion including:
Brand activations and location catering
All private tastings and private dining are by appointment only.