It looks like embattled Austin chef Paul Qui is preparing to open Tacqui, the “Japanese taqueria” at the Richardson Restaurant Park.
A tweet from the chef indicates that the restaurant will host a couple of training nights this week, and a visit to the property at 744 South Central Expressway over the weekend indicates that the space is completely finished out and ready to begin serving. Which means that Qui could open the restaurant just days before he is slated to appear in an Austin court on charges of domestic violence.
Those charges stem from a 2016 assault in which Qui allegedly beat and bloodied his girlfriend in front of her child. Qui is currently set to face those charges in Travis County on May 1, though the proceedings have already been delayed a number of times, including a postponement in from April 7 to the current date.
Tacqui be open for nightly “training” sessions from tonight until Saturday, starting at 6 p.m.