Late last week it was revealed that Dragon King’s Daughter, noted purveyor of “Tacos, Sushi, and Beer” (and of course much, much more) will be moving from the Asian fusion restaurant’s current location at 1126 Bardstown Road, where it has operated since opening in 2009, to the currently vacant building formerly occupied by Cafe Mimosa at 1543 Bardstown Road. That’s less than a mile away.

There is another branch of Dragon King’s Daughter in New Albany, which shifted buildings in 2018 to larger quarters at 129 West Market Street. It now features a robatayaki (robata) grill and menu unique to the Louisville area. Might DKD be contemplating a second robata grill? Yes or no, we can be sure of culinary creativity from Toki Masubuchi and her staff.

As yet little is known about the move, but Louisville Business First broke the story and DKD confirmed it.

The move was confirmed by Doug Turner, manager at the Highlands location. Turner could not provide any further details, as he said they are still working with architects to design the space.

It has been a turbulent past two months for food and drink establishments clustered along the dense commercial stretch of Bardstown Road’s 1500 and 1600 blocks.

Cafe Mimosa (1543) closed in late September, followed less than two weeks later by Cumberland Brews (1576). Stout Burgers and Beers (1604) ceased operations at the beginning of November. 

However, Dragon King’s Daughter’s move might be a harbinger of better times ahead, as Against the Grain is installing a neighborhood bar where Cumberland Brews was, and it’s hard to imagine the ex-Stout space staying empty for long, as the “property is owned by Chad and Lauren Coulter, who also own the adjacent LouVino.”

Food & Dining will update this story as fresh information arrives.