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More Details on Paul Qui’s Exact Involvement in Richardson’s Soon-to-Open Tacqui

It looks like the chef, currently awaiting trial, helped develop the menu


More details are emerging about the extent of the involvement of chef Paul Qui, who is awaiting trial on domestic violence charges, in a new Richardson Japanese-influenced taqueria set to open this month. Eater reported last week that Tacqui would be located at 744 South Central Expressway in the Richardson Restaurant Park development.

TacQui managing partner Kim Huynh-Yi spoke with the Dallas Observer about the development of the restaurant. “This new concept and menu was developed by a good friend of mine, Paul Qui,” Huynh-Yi told the paper, saying the pair is aiming to open a “rare and unique spot” in the location. The report did not clarify whether Qui would be doing any cooking at the restaurant. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s Instagram account teased a photo of pork tacos today, exclaiming, “It’s Friyay!! Craving for some TON BUTA taco!”

Qui’s trial on domestic violence charges in Austin is pending. Those stem from a 2016 assault during which Qui allegedly beat and bloodied his girlfriend in front of her child. Qui is set to head to court on those charges, which likely kept his much-lauded Houston restaurant Aqui out of the 2018 James Beard Awards, on May 1.