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Zaap Kitchen to open spicy Lao Thai restaurant on renovated East Dallas corner

Zaap Kitchen opens Lao Thai restaurant on renovated East Dallas corner

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Mmm spicy and good. Photo courtesy of Zaap Lao

An acclaimed Asian restaurant concept serving two cuisines in one is doubling its footprint: Zaap Kitchen Lao & Thai Street Eats, the popular family-run Greenville Avenue restaurant that serves food from Laos and Thailand, is opening two locations, one in East Dallas and another in Fort Worth.

Owner Tony Singharaj confirms that Zaap is in expansion mode, and aims to have the two new locations open in fall 2020.

This will bring their total portfolio to four restaurants:

  • 6107 Greenville Ave., the original
  • 1152 Buckner Blvd., at Casa Linda Plaza
  • 2325 N. Fitzhugh Ave.
  • West Bend, the mixed-use development in Fort Worth

The Fitzhugh location is going into Fitzhugh Plaza, a newly revamped center at the southeast corner of Capitol Avenue. That location is on track to open in September.

The West Bend location will follow, with an opening set for sometime in the fall.

Zaap serves Laotian cuisine alongside Thai street food. Singharaj and his wife opened their first location on Greenville Avenue in 2018, with a goal of bringing Laotian food to a new neighborhood.

They proved their ability to multitask and persevere despite the COVID-19 pandemic in June 2020, when they opened a second location in East Dallas' Casa Linda Plaza, which has thrived as an outlet for takeout, despite the virus.

Zaap makes everything to order, with the influence of the Laotian cuisine bringing a higher, bolder level of spice.

Their menu includes sizzling Lao sausage, heavenly beef jerky, crispy wings, dancing garlic riblets, and juicy pork shoulder bites.

Pineapple fried rice is a dish with ingredients both savory and sweet: egg, cashews, pineapple, raisins, peas, carrots, onion, tomato, and garlic.

There's Laotian fried rice with egg, white onions, green onion, tomato, and garlic, which you can get as-is or with chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu.

Zaap follows a fast-casual service model, to make it faster for those who are on tight lunch hours, and its to-go business is brisk.

Singharaj comes from a restaurant family; his brother Boi owns Sabaidee Lao & Thai Cuisine. Just like Zaap, Sabaidee offers both Laotian and Thai dishes. Its first two locations, on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas and in Rowlett, were take-out only. In 2019, Sabaidee opened a third location in Prosper, which has a small dining room.