Sprawling Korean supermarket chain H Mart is set to make its Austin debut on Lakeline Boulevard sometime in mid-January 2018. The grocery store is also launching its new food court, Market Eatery, which will feature two new restaurants from San Francisco chef Deuki Hong.
Hong (who was part of the Eater Young Gun Class of 2015) will expand his San Francisco Korean fried chicken spot Sunday Bird, as well as open Sunday BBQ, which will serve Korean barbecue, naturally.
Hong was the former executive chef of New York Korean barbecue restaurant Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong (Anthony Bourdain is a fan of his work), as well as the author of Korean cookbook Koreatown.
Other vendors in H Mart’s Market Eatery include beloved local shaved ice cream spot Snow Monster, as well as other Asian vendors from across the country serving tofu soup, baked goods, and more. See the full lineup below.
The market will also include boozy beverages, like beer, wine, sake, flavored Korean rice wine known as makgeolli, and Korean plum and raspberry wines. The setup will include seating and a stage for performances. There will be other retail vendors covering Korean beauty products, ginseng, and the such.
H Mart stands for “han ah reum,” which is Korean for “one arm full of groceries. Founder and current CEO Il Yeon Kwon opened the first market in Queens, New York in 1982, and it quickly grew to over 60 locations across the country. His daughter, Stacey Kwon, is now the president of the company.
Other Market Eatery locations are also set to debut in Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and other locations.
Market Eatery’s Lineup
Korean fried chicken
Taiwanese shaved ice, boba tea, waffles
Korean barbecue and street food
Sogongdong Tofu House
Korean tofu soup, Korean comfort food
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