Top Knot, the sister restaurant to revered Japanese haunt Uchi in Uptown Dallas, closed to make way for a new concept.

Known as a hot spot for ramen and Asian-inspired brunch dishes, Top Knot served its last meals on Sunday, Jan. 14, after which owners plan to reinvent the space as Uchiba, a bar that's more of a direct extension of Uchi. 

"We've noticed how our guests love to meet at the bar at Uchi, have drinks and share a few small dishes," said Tyson Cole, owner and executive chef at Uchi, in a statement. "My recent travels to Japan inspired me to explore some new possibilities with a bar concept that incorporates elements of Uchi yet expands that into cocktail experience."

4 stars for Top Knot, a Dallas restaurant with flawlessly executed Modern Asian plates

Top Knot opened in early 2016 in the space above Uchi, to much fanfare. It garnered four stars in a July 2016 review, when GuideLive's then-dining critic praised not only the food, but also the service, which was "at once charming, friendly, super professional and efficient, as flawless as the cooking."

Uchiba will also serve food; Alex Astranti, chef de cuisine at Uchi, is honing the bar's culinary focus. Updates to the space will add a full sushi bar and yakitori grill, and patrons can expect to find some of Uchi's dishes on the menu alongside new creations, says a news release.

Uchiba plans to continue Top Knot's long-running Uncommon Ramen dinner series and to serve brunch. It's expected to open Jan. 31.

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