Ben Thanh has been my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in St. Pete for many years. Even before the St. Pete Times restaurant critic, Chris Sherman, wrote it up and took away it's anonymity. Ben Thanh was owned and run by one family and was always exceptional in my opinion.
Just learned tonight that the father has had a health problem now for a number of months and it is getting to be too much on the mother and the family. They have sold to an Asian man who plans to have a Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese menu. So Ben Thanh, in its current form, will be closing next Tuesday.
I will miss the original family. They were, and are, very nice people!