Tom kah shrimp and grits at Kin & Comfort. (Credit: Jay Janner AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Update: Chef Ek Timrerk says he plans to reopen his hybrid Thai-Southern restaurant. Timrerk hopes to open in a more centrally located space, allowing easier access for diners from North and South Austin. He adds that the hours at Hana World Market, which closes at 8 p.m., puts limits on his ability to serve dinner.

Sad news: One of my favorite restaurants in town is closing. “Restaurant” may not be the perfect word for Kin & Comfort. It is actually a food-counter stall at the Hana World Market on Parmer Lane. The restaurant helmed by chef Ek Timrerk announced on Facebook that it is closing. Timrerk, who formerly worked at Uchi, Spin Modern Thai and was one of the original founders of East Side King, delivered Thai cuisine fused with Southern flavors and preparations. Dishes like tom kha shrimp and grits and panang curry meatloaf made it one of the most interesting meals in town, despite its nondescript location. Timrerk also had a hand in updating the menu at his sister’s eponymous restaurant, Titaya’s. I’ll have more information on the closing soon.

From the archives (8.14.2014): Chef Ek Timrerk adds his Thai accent to Southern comfort