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East Dallas’s Beloved Khao Noodle Shop Will Close ‘Until Further Notice’

The closure comes as an effort to protect the physical (and financial) health of Khao’s employees

Kathy Tran

After trying to adapt its business to a takeout-only model, East Dallas Laotian restaurant Khao Noodle Shop is calling it quits — for now.

Owner and chef Donny Sirisavath announced the restaurant’s temporary closure in an Instagram post over the weekend, noting that Saturday, April 18 will be its last night of service “until further notice.” We’ve tried our best to stay open and stop the bleeding as much as possible,” Sirisavath wrote in the post. “We’re a small business, we own our business, we don’t have any outside investors or silent investors. Every cent of the money we make at Khao goes back into the business.”

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I’m sadden by the words I’m about to mention in the next line. Next week will be the last week Khao will be running our regular service. We’ll be closed next Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday-Saturday operation will be as normal, but Saturday night will be our last service until further notice. It’s a hard decision to make, but we wanted to buy some time to allow our tribe to apply for grants and unemployment. Making sure they were able to have an income to survive on. Closing now, because it’s more of about the safety and well being of our tribe. We can’t be a full running restaurant without our tribe. It’s best to see them back healthy, when it’s all over with. We’ve try our best to stay open and stop the bleeding as much as possible. We’re a small business, we own our business, we don’t have any outside investors or silent investors. Every cent of the money we make at Khao goes back into the business. Wanted to thank everyone who has ever supported Khao from day one. And for our customers, friends, and family who purchase Noods For All, Pay it Forward. I want to especially thank you guys from the bottom of my heart. Every person who contributed to this cause has a special place in our hearts. Thanks for your sincere generosity. We’ll keep everyone posted on what’s next for Khao, for the time being we’ll still have Khao Mart open for business. I’ll be working on creating prepackaged goods as well, in efforts of paying our rent. Special Thanks to our first responders, medical experts, and our essential workers. Thank you in putting your lives on the line during these time. You guys ever need a meal, we got you. To our industry friends as well, need a meal message us. We have some pay if forward meals for y’all. To say it will come back the same, is a dream. However, dreams don’t die, sometimes we just need time. To have more time is our dream. Be safe, please value our time with one another.

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According to Sirisavath, the move is an effort to ensure that his employees are able to protect their physical health, and apply for unemployment to help keep them financially afloat amid all this uncertainty. “It’s more of about the safety and well being of our tribe. We can’t be a full running restaurant without our tribe. It’s best to see them back healthy, when it’s all over with,” Sirisavath said. “We wanted to buy some time to allow our tribe to apply for grants and unemployment. Making sure they were able to have an income to survive on.”

Even though the restaurant will close, Sirisavath plans to keep the restaurant’s pop-up Khao Mart open, and will develop a selection of “pre-packaged goods” for sale to customers in an effort to help pay rent on the space at 4812 Bryan Street.

This week, Khao Noodle Shop will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, then open Thursday through its last (for now!) night of service on Saturday.

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