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Thai chef stages Dallas comeback in newly available Oak Lawn space

Thai chef stages Dallas comeback in newly available Oak Lawn space

Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin
Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin snapped up the old Cyclone Anaya's spot on Oak Lawn. Photo courtesy of Thrillist

It's been barely a week since Cyclone Anaya's left the building, but the space already has an unexpected new tenant: Kin Kin, the "urban Thai" concept created by chef and restaurateur Eddy Thretipthuangsin.

Chef Eddy previously announced that he would debut the Thai restaurant in Fort Worth, at 2801 W. Seventh St., in the former MK's Sushi space. The opening date for his Fort Worth location is currently targeted as "early February," he says.

But when the Cyclone Anaya's location at 3211 Oak Lawn Ave. opened up, he seized it. It'll go in next-door to Green Papaya, the longtime Vietnamese restaurant, and Hypnotic Sushi, transforming that block into an Asian dining oasis of sorts.

That said, the Dallas branch of Kin Kin won't be happening for a while.

"We're not even thinking about that yet," Chef Eddy says. "We're focused on opening in Fort Worth first, and not opening Dallas anytime soon."

At Kin Kin — which loosely translates to "let's eat" in Thai — he'll pay homage to his native Thailand, as well as to his mother, Pat, who will join him in the kitchen. The menu will feature traditional Thai food with a twist.

He also owns Bite City Grill in Fort Worth, which features a global menu with shared plates and cocktails by Eddy's brother Chris.