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A ‘Breaking Bad’ Themed Pop-Up Bar Will Soon Debut in Dallas

Plus, the future of Khao Noodle Shop looks uncertain and more DFW dining intel

Bryan Cranston, portraying Walter White, stands on the left holding a plastic bag full of cash. Aaron Paul, portraying Jesse Pinkman, stands to the right, wearing a black, red, and white jacket.
A still from Breaking Bad
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Dallas bar cooks up Breaking Bad-themed pop-up

The Whippersnapper, a Dallas bar known for its themed pop-ups, has another project in the works, set to open on January 14. The bar will transform into the world of Alberquerque, NM chemist Walter White in homage to the popular TV show Breaking Bad, about an underpaid high school teacher who turns to cooking meth in order to pay for his cancer treatment.

Expect drinks like the Blue Sky, a margarita made with blue curacao; and the Rocket Fuel, a vodka and Red Bull jello shot. The pop-up, which will run Wednesday through Saturday nights until March 6, will also include photo ops, local art and nightly entertainment.

The Whippersnapper’s previous pop-ups have been inspired by Harry Potter, Family Guy and The Office.

Future uncertain for Khao Noodle Shop

After closing early in the pandemic, Khao Noodle Shop chef and owner Donny Sirisavath has announced that the restaurant is closing again — at least temporarily. In a friends-only Facebook post, Sirisavath writes that the popular Laotian restaurant “was never a product of take outs and delivery” and that it would be closing for at least two weeks to “allow us time to determine the future for Khao Noodle Shop.”

It’s “not quite a break up just yet,” he wrote. “Give us time apart to see if this is the right place for us, or to determine if we have to move on.”

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, Khao was closed from mid-April to mid-May in an effort to protect the physical and financial wellbeing of the restaurant’s employees. This most recent closure began on January 10, and another restaurant concept is using the space in the meantime.

Alcohol to-go could become a permanent thanks to two Dallas-area legislators

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has hinted at it. Texas residents have asked for it. Now, two North Texas legislators have filed bill to make to-go alcohol, which Texas temporarily legalized in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, a permanent fixture in the state’s restaurant scene. According to CultureMap, Senator Kelly Hancock (who represents parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties) and Representative Charlie Geren (Fort Worth) filed SB 298 / HB 1094, which will make Abbott’s temporary waiver permanent. The bill still has a long way to go before it becomes a law. The state’s 2021 legislative session begins today.