Citing business and family duties and concerns, Nonla is closing their Schoolcraft restaurant. While they are hopeful they will reopen, there are no guarantees.

To call it an empire may be overstatement, but Natashia and Kyle Monk and their partners Kelly and Johnny Nguyen have grown the Nonla name into five successful, delicious and beloved restaurants. It all started in 2015 with a small Vietnamese restaurant in Mattawan that quickly earned a big reputation. They branched out into burgers in late 2017 with Nonla Burger on Burdick. The public ate it up and demand was so great that they opened a second burger joint on Stadium Drive in 2020. The partners offered another twist on Vietnamese food with Banh Mi Togo opening downtown Kalamazoo in 2019 and ventured into Mexican food at Nonla Taqueria in Schoolcraft.

Now, the family is scaling back. Actually, the family is growing. Yes, they are having trouble, like everyone else, finding workers to fill positions at the five restaurants, but also "new babies on the horizon" have spurred changes. In a Facebook post on 8/9, they shared the news that Nonla Taqueria would be open for takeout only until inventory was depleted and then closing.

Given a tough year for the restaurant industry we need to redirect focus on our other restaurants at this time...We’re hopeful Nonla Taqueria will open again. We have nothing but love and appreciation for all of you!! Thank you for the continued support!

-Nonla Taqueria via Facebook

The comments were nothing but supportive:

  • So sad to hear of this.
  • Sorry to hear-you we’re a bright light in this little town! You will be missed here.
  • Hands down, this is one of only a few of the best places around that has this level exceptional food and amazing people! Will truly be missed. Can't wait till you reopen
  • I loved your food and kind staff! So sorry to hear this! I hope you reopen soon! Blessings to you on your new journeys!
  • Business decisions are hard to make - especially with the love and care you've shown to your customers and products! I'll miss it greatly but look forward to the day it might return. Thank you for the memories!

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