Kyle-based restaurant Koy Chinese and Sushi serving up dual authentic cuisines

Koy Chinese and Sushi owner Frank Lai celebrated 10 years of business in October. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
Koy Chinese and Sushi owner Frank Lai celebrated 10 years of business in October. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

Koy Chinese and Sushi owner Frank Lai celebrated 10 years of business in October. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The restaurant serves a variety of rolls, such as the shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber roll topped with sriracha ($10).
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Kung pao chicken with a side of steamed white rice or fried rice and an egg roll starts at $10.50 for dinner.
Coming out of a yearlong hiatus, Koy Chinese and Sushi in Kyle is “busier every day,” according to owner Frank Lai.

Having just reached 10 years of business, Lai began Koy in 2011 when the population of Kyle was less than half of what it is now, according to the U.S. census. The rapid growth of Hays County and the city in general sparked a desire to start his own business.“I saw that Kyle was growing with the hospital coming in, booming like crazy,” Lai said.

When he opened 10 years ago, he had a smaller staff of around 10 people. His business grew steadily, but when the pandemic hit, he had to shut down indoor dining. Lai said he lost about half his staff and is still struggling to hire people.

However, while indoor dining was shut down, the business remained afloat due to pickup orders and third-party delivery services.

In the past few months, with restrictions easing, Koy is able to serve customers in booths and at tables as well as continue to offer pickup and delivery.


With a range of classic Chinese dishes, all made to order, and a sushi bar, Koy serves a blend of cuisines that Lai says are what set him apart from businesses in the area: real, authentic food, not “American-Chinese meals,” as he put it.

Now, Lai says Koy is busier than ever due to the efforts put in to survive the lockdowns of the pandemic. Despite his success, he said he is happy with where the business is at and what it has going for it. Lai wants to be able to focus entirely on the sole location at Kyle Parkway.

Koy Chinese and Sushi, 5695 Kyle Parkway, Ste. 800, Kyle. 512-268-3336. www.koykyle.net

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
By Zara Flores
Zara joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in August 2021. Prior to CI, she interned at Picket Fence Media in Southern California and graduated from Cal State Fullerton where she was assistant news editor for the Daily Titan and copy editor for Tusk Magazine. Zara covers education, business, government and more for Buda, Kyle and San Marcos.


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