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Kitchen LTO’s ‘Permanent Pop-Up’ Experiment Is Over

The Deep Ellum restaurant has a new name and a permanent chef

Kitchen LTO in Deep Ellum
Kevin Marple
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When Kitchen LTO first opened its doors at Trinity Groves in 2013, the restaurant brought a fresh concept to the city: a restaurant space that would be revamped every four months with a brand new chef and interior design. Now, it looks as if that project is officially over.

GuideLive reports that Kitchen LTO has ended its “permanent pop-up” experiment and will close its doors before reconcepting the restaurant as a Southern-Asian eatery called Junction Craft Kitchen. Chef Josh Harmon, who has been at Kitchen LTO since it reopened in Deep Ellum last year, will stay on as chef-partner.

In its time at Trinity Groves, Kitchen LTO didn’t exactly stick with the original format. The original plan of bringing in a new chef every four months was changed to every six months, and Chef Blythe Beck served two terms as the restaurant’s pop-up chef before moving on to open her Oak Cliff restaurant Pink Magnolia.

Junction Craft Kitchen is set to make its debut on May 4.