A curious 2-month-old “growing sewage odor” has forced 2-and-a-half-month-old Koya Asian Kitchen to announce that the restaurant will shut its doors forever, its owner claims. Before coming to the decision, owner Lisa Zhou says she employed a sequence of smell-be-gone techniques, including lighting scented candles, deploying a phalanx of air fresheners, and even opening the doors of the Szechuan establishment in a brand-new strip center at the corner of Spring Cypress and Old Holzwarth Rd., across from H-E-B. “In the end,” writes Zhou in a Facebook post published yesterday, “none has been effective against the horrendous smell.”
The stench, wrote Zhou, was “very bad for business, especially a restaurant . . . since the odor was quite strong, some new customer[s] didn’t even get to sit down and [have] complained about the smell, therefore left before trying our food, leaving a bad impression to all the newcomers, returning customers leaving with disappointment, and doubts of our sanitation.”
It’s not clear from Zhou’s post on the restaurant’s Facebook page whether the odor — “emitting from the AC since mid November” — is still present or has been eradicated from the spot at 2111 Spring Cypress Rd. “Initially, we deduced that the odor was beyond our control,” writes Zhou. But she later writes that after contacting the landlord — whom she thanks for helping to fix the problem — “it took 2 months to have the odor completely rid of.” Here’s the complete text of the post:
As some may have noticed, there has been a growing sewage odor emitting from the AC since mid November, though it comes and goes throughout the day, it was still very bad for business, especially a restaurant. Initially, we deduced that the odor was beyond our control, but we tried other methods to fight off the odor, methods like several scented candles, air fresheners, opening the doors to have the fresh air blowing in, in the end, none has been effective against the horrendous smell. We have contacted the landlord when the odor first came out, but to our disappointment, it took 2 months to have the odor completely rid of. Our business was growing quite fast after we opened, and we are very grateful for all of you guys trying our food and continuing to come back time after time, but since the odor was quite strong, some new customer didn’t even get to sit down and has complained about the smell, therefore left before trying our food, leaving a bad impression to all the newcomers, returning customers leaving with disappointment, and doubts of our sanitation. This whole ordeal obviously affects us financially, debts to suppliers due to the throwing away of underused stock, and various other distributors as well, seeing as the damage has been done, we had to take care of personal finances first before business. We were extremely saddened knowing we’d have to close down the restaurant as we are financially incapable of continuing to run it.
Thank you to the landlord helping to fix the problem, friends who supported us, the staff that has braved through this ordeal with us, and most importantly, the customers of Koya Asian Kitchen, for enjoying our food, as we have been delighted to hear the compliments you have given us for our food, it definitely has encouraged us a lot in the past.
With a great amount of gratitude to our customers and friends, and sadness from our part, we hereby announce that, from this day forward, Koya Asian Kitchen will be officially closed.
Photo: Koya Asian Kitchen