John’s Island Welcomes First (Partially) Korean Restaurant

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Someone else’s bowl of jajangmyeon/ stu_spivack

After months of fending off anxious queries from eaters hungry for bibimbap, Kenny Tyler is finally on the cusp of opening Sunae’s, a fast-service hibachi and Korean grill. If the planning department approves it, the John’s Island restaurant will start serving on Wednesday.

“All I hear is ‘when are you going to open?’,” says Tyler. “At the new Bi-Lo, even at the Publix on Savannah Highway, everywhere I go, it’s ‘When are you going to open? What’s the holdup?’”

Tyler says it took three months to convert the 1766 Main St. storefront which previously housed Billy Dee’s Premium Chicken; the fried chicken shack closed in 2011. After “DHEC came in and tore it up,” Tyler had to update the space to comply with current building codes.

“That wasn’t no picnic,” he says. Continue reading

Katsu Japanese Steakhouse Adds Korean Dishes to Menu

 

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Katsu is still a Japanese steakhouse, but the North Charleston restaurant is rounding out its menu with a few Korean dishes in response to customer demand.

According to general manager Charles Rutherford, patrons of the 13-year old restaurant kept asking owner Ho Dong Lee to serve dishes from his homeland.

“I’d tell them about Mama Kim’s, but they said ‘there’s nothing up here’,” Rutherford says.

So starting Nov. 23, the menu will include bibimbop, bulgogi and Korean barbecue, prepared on the standard hibachi grilling table. “They get to see the show,” promises Rutherford, who’s also training kitchen staffers to make to-go orders. Continue reading