The banh mi landscape in Dallas is about to take a hit: Banh Shop, the fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant on SMU Boulevard, will close on January 28. In real time, that gives fans 24 hours to get their last fix.
Banh Shop is the concept that was developed by a team that included Dallas-based consultant Mark Brezinski and Dallas restaurateurs Braden and Yasmin Wages, owners of Malai Kitchen in West Village.
Envisioned as an upscale Southeast Asian street stall market, it's named for the banh mi, the sandwich that has become a trendy dish at all kinds of restaurants, not just Asian. The banh mi sandwich comes on a French baguette and is filled with meats and pickled vegetables.
At Banh Shop, filling options include steak, pork meatball, chicken, and an especially succulent tofu. The menu also offers Americanized sandwiches such as steak and egg, plus salads, soups, and wok-fired bowls.
Banh Shop was originally developed in 2014 for Yum! Brands, which also owns Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut. The SMU branch opened in September in a former auto repair shop which was given a thorough makeover. The DFW Airport outlet opened two months later.
Spokesman Rick VanWarner says that the closure is due to a shift in ownership.
"Banh Shop was previously a project of Yum! Brands, and they remain an investor," VanWarner says. "But the rights to the concept were acquired by an investment group, and the location near SMU was not part of the transaction."
According to VanWarner the majority stake has been sold to a Dallas-based investment group.
The DFW Airport branch, located in Terminal D near Gate D10, remains open. "Banh Shop is not going away, and future openings will be a mix of all kinds of locations," he says.