Seoulmate, the pink shack on Seventh Street that took over a tired Mosher’s, will close up shop on November 17 after serving Long Beach its Korean fusion creations for five years.
The owners made the announcement via Facebook, claiming they will be looking for another spot but until that spot arrives, operations are no longer feasible:
Opening in November of 2013, the tiny-but-mighty spot served up what some of the city’s first Asian fusion grub, creating offerings like beef bulgogi tacos (that almost compared to Kogi’s) and spicy pork belly burritos filled with kimchi and lime rice.
On top of this, the place was affordable—dishes never hit above $12—and its cozy environment created a Long Beach-specific vibe: Every dish was served to-go, even if patrons intended on eating right then and there. With no indoor seating, Seoulmate’s kitchen sat behind an ordering window, overlooking the picket-fence patio of seven small tables.
While owner Jason Kang has yet to return comment for this piece, his farewell’s odd sense of self-deprecation—”I hope you guys know that although we might not have made everyone happy…”—is paired with the fact that Kang just opened up his ramen spot, Mr. Makato at 2741 E. Fourth Street where Yummy Garden used to be.
Ultimately, it remains unclear if Kang is simply burnt out—understandable—or focused on making Makato as successful as possible, or perhaps faced a similar situation to that of Spot Cafe, being served with a rent hike that was unfeasible.
Either way, Long Beach is definitely going to miss those burritos.
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