Krio, a Cajun-Asian restaurant, closed in September 2023. Owners plan to transform it into a sports bar with a different concept, emphasizing alcohol sales over seafood, according to a Dallas Morning News article which reports,
“Cajun-Asian restaurant Krio closed in late September 2023, but co-owners Connie Cheng and Dan Bui are already planning for its next life as a sports bar.
The as-yet-unnamed sports bar will be a “totally different concept,” Cheng says — one that has higher alcohol sales and less of a focus on hard-to-get seafood.”
Krio faced financial challenges due to rising costs and nearby construction. The upcoming sports bar will emphasize alcohol, with some Krio classics on the menu, according to an Advocate article. They say,
“Rising costs of food and labor and the impact to parking by ongoing nearby construction impacted Krio’s ability to succeed financially, owners told the News.
The new sports bar will enhance the already “topnotch” (as described by the Advocate) alcohol offerings, with a more bar-style menu. Some of the Krio cajun classics will make appearances on the new menu, owners said.
Cheng told the News that a sports bar will likely better serve the needs of the Bishop Arts neighborhood. While the district is home to some notable dives — such as Bui’s nearby cocktail bar concept Atlas — the nearest TV-filled, sports-focused establishment is PhD, a bit further down Davis.”
The closure of Krio on September 25, 2023, marked a bittersweet farewell. However, there’s anticipation for the sports bar set to open in its place before the year’s end in 2023.