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One of Oklahoma City's most highly awarded restaurants is shutting down this weekend, in the midst of an economic boom for NW 23rd Street, where it is located. One of Oklahoma City's most highly awarded restaurants is shutting down this weekend, in the midst of an economic boom for NW 23rd Street, where it is located.
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One of Oklahoma City's most highly awarded restaurants is shutting down this weekend, in the midst of an economic boom for NW 23rd Street, where it is located.

CHAE: Modern Korean is leaving at the top of its game, but many fan favorites on the menu will live on.

Hungry customers are eager to get a taste of CHAE for the final time, but restauranteur Daniel Chae says many of the menu items will soon appear at his two other eateries, Ur/Bun near the Tower Theatre and All About Cha in Nichols Hills. Both are less formal dining experiences than his full-service restaurant.

He said, “People can come in and go whenever they feel like without necessarily having to wait on people, and I think it’s just where the trend is going as far as the food scene.”

Chae is leaving his namesake on an extremely high note, winning awards through Open Table and 405 Magazine just this month. CHAE's kitchen staff will be transferring to Ur/Bun, though, bringing the same quality of food with them.

“I’m excited to…just be able to bolster that menu even more,” Chae said, “so not just serving Asian-style buns or rice bowls, but a whole line of small plates.”

Plus, CHAE's weekend brunch menu will soon be available every day at All About Cha.

The 23rd Street District has grown exponentially since CHAE first opened a few years ago, but its owner says that never hurt his business.

“Us closing isn’t a red flag,” insisted Chae. “Us closing is more like a natural evolution.”

The building is for sale, including the furniture, silverware and everything else inside. Chae hopes the next restauranteur continues to bring a fresh fusion of flavors to a city that is craving something different.

He said, “People are still wanting new types of food. Not necessarily new places to eat at, but new cuisine that pushes the boundaries, and we’ve definitely done that.”

Chae will not just have his hands full running the two other restaurants. He is also running for Oklahoma County Treasurer this year.

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