Downtown's Starry Kitchen to close this month
Starry Kitchen, the downtown cafe owned by wife and husband Thi and Nguyen Tran (she’s the chef, and he’s the mouthpiece), is closing this month. Nguyen Tran emailed an announcement, sprinkled with his usual expletives, Friday afternoon: “We are shutting down the current SK location on or around July 31."
The announcement alludes to financial difficulties but also says that the couple is negotiating another restaurant location in the same building at California Plaza on Grand Street.
In the meantime, Nguyen says, “we just happen to be launching an Asian family-style joint-venture Din-Dins (don't call it a pop-up, 'cause we want this to be permanent) between Team SK and Fred Eric at the Tiara Cafe that's going to have the possibly ‘confusing’ for some (but hopefully straightforward for others) name of Starry (Kitchen) Nights @ Tiara Cafe … prolly around Aug. 9.
"In the end, life is about learning (and hopefully avoiding creditors as much as possible … that's always nice too ;D).”
For Starry Kitchen catering, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (213) 814-1123.
-- Betty Hallock
Photo: Thi and Nguyen Tran at Starry Kitchen. Credit: Krista Simmons / For The Times