Seoul Food will open a huge new restaurant, playground and karaoke bar this fall


Seoul Food Meat Co. new Optimist Park location. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Seoul Food Meat Co. will open its second restaurant in Optimist Park this fall.

Owner Tim Chun tells me he’s aiming for an October opening.

Why is this important: With its paddling pool, playground, dog park, multiple dining rooms and five karaoke rooms, the new Seoul is a destination for parents, dog owners, colleagues and friends.

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The splash zone and the stage are outdoors. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Rollback: When Chun opened the first Seoul Food in South End in 2016, he had a very active dog. “I built it with a dog park so I could drink with my dog,” he laughed.

  • At the time, places like Lucky Dog – bars where you can take your dogs – were just starting to spring up in town.
  • Now Chun has children and her mentality about her business hasn’t changed much. “I can still take my kids to the park and I can still drink,” he said of the new location.
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Seoul Food will also have. a playground for children. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

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Like its original location, there will also be a doh park. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The menu: Seoul Food Meat Co., a Korean barbecue restaurant, will offer a menu similar to the original and “lots of beer,” says Chun. I counted 40 taps on the main control area.

  • Besides the main order area, there is a bar in the karaoke area and a food stand and bar outside.

The main difference between the two Seoul Foods is the way the food is ordered. Unlike the South End location, the new location will not have servers and it will have a cafeteria-style ordering process. “By the time you get to the end of the line, you’ll have your food,” Chun explains.

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The blue ribbon on the floor is where the railing will be for customers to line up to order food. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

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Karaoke booths can be reserved online in advance. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

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Each karaoke booth is themed in a different color. They can accommodate around 25 people comfortably. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Details: Located at 2315 North Davidson Street, the new Seoul Food spans 15,000 square feet indoors and an additional 12,000 square feet outdoors. It’s massive.

  • It’s on the site of a renovated old mill, as reported by Emma Way of Axios. Called Lintmans, the adaptive reuse project that includes a food hall was first announced in 2020.
  • And, as Emma pointed out, it straddles three different neighborhoods — Optimist Park, Villa Heights, and NoDa.
  • Parking is scarce relative to the size of the space, but the venue is connected to a footpath that drops you off at the 25th Street light rail station.
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This larger karaoke room can be rented as a separate event space. It will have its own bar and bartender. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

And after: Chun says once he opens, he hopes to hold events at Seoul Food every weekend. But not your typical trivial parties, “something unconventional”, he clarified – like a baking contest.

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This hallway will lead to another dining room, karaoke booths and two more bars. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

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