East Side King’s Thai Kun brick and mortar up in Austin’s hot spot of 2016 is getting closer to opening. Paul Qui posted an Instagram video of the imminent restaurant’s signage, featuring a neon creature designed by his go-to artist Peelander Yellow. Other plywood photos show red, blue, and green tiles, wooden walls, and white counters.
Thai Kun is run by Paul Qui, Thai Changthong, and Moto Utsunomiya. The East Side King family is in a constant state of change. Tomorrow is the last day of the ramen-centric spot behind Hole in the Wall. The second Thai Kun truck is now parked at West 6th bar Steampunk Saloon. The empire entered the Dirty Sixth market with fried chicken sandwiches over the summer, too. Then there are the standby locations at Liberty Bar, South Lamar, and the Thai Kun truck at Whisler’s. Qui also has his flagship restaurant on East 6th, the looming Japanese restaurant Otoko in Austin, and his first out-of-state one in Miami.
The Rock Rose district in the Domain will be home to many restaurant and bar expansions, including Sway and Dallas-based chain Velvet Taco. Second Bar + Kitchen is also expanding to the Archer Hotel at the upscale mall. That is where David Bull will serve as the executive chef after the shuttering of Second's fine dining sibling Congress.