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East Dallas' buzzy Asian restaurant Mot Hai Ba opens second location

East Dallas' buzzy Asian restaurant Mot Hai Ba opens second location

Mot Hai Ba, spicy shrimp
Mot Hai Ba likes it spicy. Photo by Teresa Gubbins

One of East Dallas' favorite Asian restaurants is expanding: Mot Hai Ba, which has been wowing diners with Vietnamese fusion food for five years, has signed a lease 3,463-square-foot lease at South Victory, the retail, restaurant, and entertainment district of Victory Park.

According to a release, the restaurant will open its second Dallas outpost at 665 High Market St. in the fall.

Mot Hai Ba was founded in 2013 by chefs Jeana Johnson and Colleen O'Hare after they made a series of food pilgrimages to North Vietnam. They sold the restaurant in 2016, when chef Peja Krstic took over the reins.

The restaurant has won numerous awards, including CultureMap's Best New Restaurant for 2013, as well as the 2019 award for Best Neighborhood Restaurant.

Mot Hai Ba is the latest restaurant to sign a lease at South Victory as part of a seven-year retail overhaul. Led by Trademark, the retail repositioning of South Victory has brought 30 new tenants to the district and raised occupancy from 27 percent in 2012 to 89 percent today.

Those include the eight-screen Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, plus restaurants, retail, personal service, and fitness tenants such as Billy Can Can, Burgundy Swine, BuzzBrews, Café Victoria, Dibs on Victory, Hero, Imoto, Jinya Ramen, Mesero, Sift & Pour, Biagio Wine & Spirits, It'Sugar, and a 7-Eleven.

The successful redevelopment contributed to the successful sale of South Victory by previous owners Estein USA to Asana Partners in May.