Unfortunate news for Deep Ellum noodle-pullers Monkey King Noodle Co.: The city of Dallas has shut down their rooftop deck, and also put an end to the tables and chairs that formerly lined the sidewalk outside the tiny walk-up stand.
While anyone who's descended the somewhat-treacherous stairway leading up to the rooftop might understand the need for some construction work, co-owner Michelle Midyette says the city's decision came as somewhat of a surprise, considering "the building has been in operation as-is for a decade" (recall that the stand housed Santiago's Taco Loco Express in a former life).
Until the Monkey King team can overhaul the rooftop to the city's satisfaction, the noodle stand will be officially take-out only during the week. Weekends they'll set up shop right behind the restaurant with tables and chairs; patrons can feel free to bring booze, dogs, and perhaps even a basketball to take advantage of the hoop that stands there. Fingers crossed for a speedy (and relatively inexpensive) solution for one of Deep Ellum's most beloved new dining destinations.