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Deep Ellum’s Favorite Noodle Shop Is In Expansion Mode

Monkey King Noodle Company is staffing up for new outposts in Lake Highlands and a previously announced restaurant in Richardson

Noodles and beef floating in a spicy broth in a red bowl. The bowl is garnished with chile flake and cilantro leaves.
A bowl of brothy noodles from MKNC
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Deep Ellum noodle favorite Monkey King Noodle Company is officially in expansion mode, and plans are in the works for two brand new DFW-area locations.

Via an Instagram post, Monkey King Noodle Company announced that it is currently staffing up for the two new locations. The first, which was originally announced back in 2019, is set to make its debut in the coming months at 520 Lockwood Drive in Richardson. Now, the fledgling chain has announced that its newest outpost will arrive at 6770 Abrams Road, next to the Lake Highlands location of Alamo Drafthouse.

This isn’t Monkey King’s first attempt at expansion. In 2018, owner Andrew Chen opened a short-lived location at Plano food hall Legacy Hall, and a now-shuttered restaurant in Carrollton that opened in 2015. There were also plans for a Fort Worth location, inside the Foodhall at Crockett Row, but those never materialized.

Monkey King Noodle Company has not yet announced a timeline for opening the Richardson and Lake Highlands locations. Stay tuned for more details.