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Starry Kitchen Is Closing, But Not Quitting!

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Japanese Meatball Curry Banh Mi from Starry Kitchen (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Starry Kitchen, California Plaza's most vibrant lunch (and sometimes dinner) destination is about to close down, but DO NOT PANIC...they aren't quitting.

In what has to have been the most fun press release to land in our inbox of late, SK co-owner and occasional banana suit-wearer Nguyen Tran assures lovers of their fun pan-Asian fare that SK is already prepping their next (ad)ventures.

First, they've got an offer in for another spot in Cal Plaza. Second, they are launching "an Asian family style joint-venture Din-Dins (don't call it a pop-up, 'cause we want this to be permanent) between Team SK + Fred Eric at the Tiara Cafe that's going to have the possibly "confusing" for some (but hopefully straightforward for others) name of: Starry (Kitchen) Nights @ Tiara Cafe," which should get underway August 9th. And, yes: They cater.

So why are they shuttering the official location they opened after running an underground eatery out of their old NoHo apartment? Tran says: "running a restaurant is FUCKING HARD Y'ALL!" He adds that there have been some hard, costly lessons, but they are getting the chance to do new projects with more experience behind them, and what Tran says is a chance to "wipe the slate clean."

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How long to you have left to chow down at SK in DTLA? They're closing the location July 31, so not very long.

And here's a couple more FAQ's from Tran and the team (including his wife, Thi, who's known as the Kitchen Ninja):

WHEN YOU SETUP BACK IN CAL PLAZA WILL YOU BE YOUR SAME OBNOXIOUS (OR AS YOU SAY "PASSIONATE") SELF? "Whatchu think meng?!?!" haha (aka YUUUUUUUP!)

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COME BACK TO CAL PLAZA?

I dunno, in a perfect world 4 months from now. *crossing my fingers*

Aww, man... We're so excited for them, but we miss them already!

Previously
Let's Do Lunch: Starry Kitchen
Look Who's Cooking: Chef Laurent Quenioux to Pop Up at Starry Kitchen
Coming To A Secret Downtown L.A. Locale: The 4/20 'Herb' Dinner