Drae Drubbed

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Bursting some four years ago from the Centrum as the wild game/pan-Asian eatery-cum-nightclub called The Dr�lion Restaurant & Lounge, Drae Restaurant (a.k.a. The Drae) has shut its doors due to an inability to reach an agreement with the Centrum's property management firm, a statement says. Drae was shaped by Khanh Dao, who launched the restaurant shortly before she became embroiled in a nasty legal tussle with businessman and restaurateur Mike Chen over her handling of the finances at Steel Restaurant & Lounge next door. Chen, who financially backed Dao in her creation of Steel, alleged that Dao was diverting restaurant funds for personal use. Chen eventually wrested control of Steel from her grip. Dao also worked with former radio mogul Scott Ginsberg on the restaurant Voltaire. A release promises Dao will craft another "revolutionary concept" in Dallas. But with whose money? --Mark Stuertz


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