Needed a quick bite late in Chinatown last night, settled in for a small bowl of pho and a Tsingtao. The pho was as I expected (I think the chain's best broth is to be found here), but the waitress brought me a Heineken. I asked again for the Chinese beer, which was quickly forthcoming. The place was near empty at this point, maybe 10 minutes from closing, and I heard this *bang*, *bang*, *bang*. I looked over, and there was my waitress, hammering the cap back onto the Heineken.
On another note, a friend has suggested that this Pho Pasteur is not associated with the chain (Allston Village, Newbury St, Harvard Sq, that terrible fusion-y place in the Theatre District), which I don't believe, as the menus of the pure-Vietnamese places seem almost perfectly identical (the Cambridge place's is a bit more expansive). Maybe a cousin running it, but not separate from the empire, is my theory: no business as well-run as that one would stand for that kind of brand piracy. Anybody know the truth here?