Monkey King Noodle Co., a well-liked restaurant that got its start in Deep Ellum, announced via Instagram that it has closed its Downtown Carrollton shop on Monday, just shy of its two-year anniversary.
The location opened in 2016 in an attempt to sell the popular Asian-style noodle soup and dumplings to more people in the suburbs. Downtown Carrollton is undergoing developments to accompany the DART rail that runs through town, and it’s added a Twisted Root Burger Co. and a Cane Rosso.
But this location, unlike the original in Deep Ellum, was lacking in a regular customer base, says managing partner Andrew Chen.
“Downtown Carrollton is going to be great in two to three years,” Chen says. “We think there’s something there, it just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to.”
In 2017, Monkey King Noodle Co. debuted a booth on the top floor of Legacy Food Hall, the public food cafeteria in Legacy West in Plano. According to Chen, business at the Plano location is similar to the original: busy at lunchtime with consistent customers at night.
In addition to the Plano location, Chen says that the noodle house is looking to open another shop in Plano or Richardson as part of their suburban outreach.