The winner of Top Chef: Texas recently announced that he will be opening a few new ventures, including a new location of his burgeoning trailer business East Side King close to the University of Texas campus.
His second upcoming project is a brick-and-mortar restaurant, which Qui is still working on the concept for. He explains, "It is going to be my flagship restaurant where I get to do whatever I want, hopefully, with the food. Eat Side King is also about playing with food and having a good time, but this restaurant is going to be a little combination of both. I’m working on still defining exactly what it is I’m going to be doing at that spot." He remarks further, "I know what I don’t want it to be, I don’t necessarily want it to be a Japanese restaurant. I don’t want to say its kaiseki or a tapas place, or a tasting and small plates restaurant — I have no idea how I’m going to define that yet."
With regards to a time frame for the new restaurant, Qui hopes to have it open by December. "The 50-seat menu is pretty close to finished," he said. "And actually it’s got a lot of things from Texas and the surrounding Austin neighborhood — it’s basically food sourced from our area, and I’ll let you guys define it."
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