Photography by Kathy Tran.

Khao Noodle Shop is now closed for good.

The East Dallas restaurant’s chef, Donny Sirisavath, posted a message on his Instagram page announcing the news.

“Good morning world, the Khao Tribe @Khaonoodleshop has served up our last bowl of noodles,” he wrote. “We had a crazy fun ride. It’s an end to this chapter, but a new beginning of another.”

But he added that the food will still be served at pop-ups around town and in other states.

The restaurant on Bryan Street closed in January 2021 and reopened later that month for takeout only. Before then, it closed temporarily in mid-April 2020 and reopened in May for curbside and to-go service.

The Dallas Morning News reported that a fried chicken concept called Darkoo’s Chicken Shack will open in Khao’s place. Sirisavath is working with Jimmy Niwa of Niwa Japanese BBQ in Deep Ellum on the restaurant, which they expect will open at the end of the month.

In 2020, Sirisavath was named in Food & Wine as one of the country’s best new chefs.


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