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Acclaimed Austin Malaysian Gas Station Restaurant Is Closed For Now

Wee’s Cozy Kitchen plans on reopening elsewhere

A styrofoam tray of rice, beef, and cucumbers.
The beef rendang nasi lemak at Wee’s Cozy Kitchen.
Wee’s Cozy Kitchen/Facebook
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Much-acclaimed Malaysian restaurant Wee’s Cozy Kitchen is now temporarily closed. Its last day of service at 2400 Rio Grande Street within the Shell gas station in West Campus neighborhood was on Saturday, December 23, 2023.

Owner and chef Wee Fong Ehlers plans on reopening her restaurant in a new location to be determined later. She’s known for cooking classic Malaysian dishes like beef rendang (a dry curry), nasi lemak (rice with fried anchovies, cucumbers, and sambal), char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles), kaya toast (toasted bread slices with a thick coconut jam), laksas (noodle soups), egg rolls, and much more.

Ehlers came to American from Malaysia in 1999. She worked at the kitchens of various University of Texas at Austin dorms. Then she opened Wee’s in 2022, in this hybrid space in a shared kitchen. During the daytime, the space was Mexican restaurant Foodie’s Kitchen, and then she took over in the early-to-late evenings.

In 2023, Bon Appetit featured Wee’s as one of its favorite restaurants in March. And then, later that fall, the New York Times had the restaurant on its list of the 50 most exciting restaurants that year.

Wee's Cozy Kitchen

2400 Rio Grande Street, , TX 78705 (512) 577-8626 Visit Website