In 2017, the previous owner of Seoul Kalbi Korean BBQ – Mr. Kim – revealed his plans to retire and close the restaurant while sharing a bottle of Soju (Korean Wine) with Drew, a long-time patron. Having been a caterer, and a charcoal grill enthusiast, Drew offered to take over and keep the business going. The main challenge of keeping the flavors and recipes authentic was not a problem when Mrs. Kim, the heart and soul of every dish, met Drew’s wife, Kerry. They had an immediate connection for food, family, and hospitality. For months, the Kim’s trained Drew and Kerry as if they were their own kids, passing on secret recipes to the next generation.
Today, Drew and Kerry are keeping things classic, while working to enhance quality and atmosphere. Mr. Kim plays golf while Mrs. Kim enjoys her leisurely time and often drops by the restaurant to check on things.