Dragon House, a Southlake restaurant that recently scored acclaim from one of Dallas’s dining critics, was raided this week in connection with a Dallas massage parlor accused of operating as a “brothel.”
Dragon House was raided by Dallas vice officers in the early hours on Wednesday in connection with a similar raid on Jade Spa, a Design District massage parlor that was the site of six arrests on charges of “promoting prostitution and engaging in organized criminal activity,” per the Dallas Police Department’s DPD Beat blog. Perhaps not surprisingly, the restaurant is now closed.
Police allege that Dragon House’s owners also owned and operated the Jade Spa, and that the two entities are “directly tied” to each other, including financially. According to the Dallas Morning News, officers allegedly watched individuals transport money between Jade Spa and Dragon House, and that both companies shared bank accounts. Those bank accounts, stuffed with more than $370,000, were seized by police.
Just days ago, Dragon House was the subject of an extremely positive three-star review from Dallas Morning News dining critic Michalene Busico. In that review, filed on October 23, Busico praised the restaurant’s “intricate dumplings, tender noodles, and excellent regional Chinese fare.”
The owners of Dragon House have not yet issued a statement on the arrests. Stay tuned for an update.