| Linh Tu, Nelson Padilla and Dee Dee Tran at Mi Linh. | Jennifer Silverberg|
Last week we reported that Mi Linh (9737 Manchester Road; 314-918-8868), the nine-month-old Vietnamese restaurant in Rock Hill, parted ways with its executive chef, Nelson Tran. Owner Dee Dee Tran told us in a statement and through a spokeswoman that the split with Nelson and his wife Linh Tu, the restaurant's manager, was due to other family issues and completely amicable. She claimed that his exit was seamless and patrons didn't notice. At the time, we were unable to get in contact with Nelson or Tu.
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Since then, Gut Check received an e-mail from Nelson and Tu's son, James, who was also a server at Mi Linh.
"Everything you received and written about was definitely a lie," he wrote. "My family wanted to let you know for our reputation."
We met up with Nelson and his family to hear their side of the story. One of the first things we learned? His real name isn't even "Nelson Tran."More »