Motoyasu Utsunomiya, left, and Paul Qui inside the East Side King at the Hole in the Wall in 2012.

East Side King will close its location at the Hole in the Wall on December 19. The bar’s owner, Will Tanner, said ESK did not want to pay the increased rent after he negotiated his new five-year least recently. Tanner is in discussions with several potential new tenants and hopes to have a decision made in the next few weeks. East Side King, which co-founders chefs Paul Qui and Motoyasu Utsunomiya opened at Hole in the Wall in December 2012, operates food trucks at the Liberty (1618 E. Sixth St.) and Whisler’s bars (1816 E. Sixth St.), brick-and-mortar locations at 310 E. Sixth St. and 2310 S. Lamar Blvd. and a third truck coming soon to Steampunk Saloon at 700 W. Sixth St.