The name of the restaurant is a term for a type of Korean cooking where marinated meats are braised or slow-cooked. The menu includes the galbi jjim, braised short ribs alongside a variety of vegetables (carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, shishito peppers). Then there are pork and oxtail versions too. Mozzarella cheese can be added to all jjim dishes too, as well as sides of glass noodles, rice, and assorted banchan. The dishes will be made to order, rather than have customers cook their own meats.
Behind the restaurant is restaurant group CKN Hospitality, which includes Min Choe as CEO, Brian Kim as COO, and Youngmin Noh as executive chef chief culinary officer. Choe is the co-founder of Chinese food delivery service Tso, and all three are behind Korean fried chicken spot Donkey Mo’s and Roba Katsu and Teriyaki, both found within H Mart’s food court.
Jjim’s will also feature a market area with to-go prepared foods and drinks. The space is being designed by Design Hound’s Kevin Stewart. The restaurant will offer to-go options and catering as well, and will adhere to whatever COVID-19 measures are in place at the time of its opening. Like Tso, Jjim BBQ won’t accept tips.
The address used to be home to shuttered restaurants Connection Pizza and Vox Table. Connection, which opened in February 2019, had closed that September, though the shutter was originally pegged as a temporary one. Before the pizza restaurant, the space had been home to higher-end New American restaurant Vox Table, which opened in April 2015, and suddenly closed on Valentine’s Day in 2018.
Other Lamar Union places include Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant Mandala, Japanese restaurant Soto, Texas coastal restaurant TLC, Lick Honest Ice Creams, Shake Shack, and Alamo Drafthouse.