Asian Mint’s Nikky Phinyawatana participates in Les Dames d’Escoffier’s annual fundraiser. Photography by Danny Fulgencio.

Asian Mint owner and chef Nikky Phinyawatana applied for a Restaurant Revitalization grant through the Small Business Administration, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Phinyawatana, who graduated from The Hockaday School in 1996, is hopeful she will receive the grant and use it to retrofit one of her four Asian Mint locations to make it more convenient for takeout and third-party delivery.

“We believe that the portion of sales that used to be from majority dine-in business won’t go back to the way it was pre-COVID,” she told the Morning News. “Do we convert the small bar area into a takeout area instead? These are things we’re looking at.”

The chef also says applying for this grant was easier than applying for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Asian Mint has two locations in our neighborhood: one at 11617 N. Central Expressway Ste. 135, near Forest Lane, and one at Inwood Village, 5450 W. Lovers Lane.

Read more about Phinyawatana here.