Beer Belly’s Koreatown Location Will Close This Month

After eight bustling years of craft beer and creative food, the original outpost shutters
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Beer Belly Koreatown, a favorite destination for craft beers and over-the-top snacks, will close on July 28, according to a statement released on Twitter today by Jimmy Han, one of the establishment’s co-founders. In the post he notes that the Long Beach location of Beer Belly will continue to operate–but does not go into detail about the motivation for closing the original outpost

The statement reads: “After eight years of so many blessings, we feel like we accomplished what we set out to do. None of this could have been possible without the help of all our wonderful staff past and present, chef Wes Lieberher, L.A.’s amazing food community, the local and engaging beer community, and the ever-energetic Koreatown community. We don’t know what’s next. We don’t know if it will be us or someone else. But we’re excited for the next story to be told.”

The closure comes as a surprise to many, as the gastropub has remained busy even after eight years in business, but Han insists it’s just about bowing out gracefully while he’s ahead.

“We feel like we’ve accomplished what we set out to do with our beer program, our food program, and the community. With that, we just figured now was a nice time to close it out,” he tells Los Angeles. “We’ve made so many friends over eight years. So many wonderful staff members have come and gone, everyone feels like family. I think people are excited for the future, but at the same time, we’ll always be happy for the memories we’ve made.”

Comments on the Twitter thread seem to suggest that Han and his partner Yume Han may have new projects on the horizon, but Jimmy Han says he’s just starting to explore options.

“I literally don’t have any plans yet,” he says. “There are a lot of options, a lot of people have been reaching out, but I really don’t know what’s next.”

Go get some duck fat fries while you still can.

 

Beer Belly Koreatown, 532 S. Western Ave., Koreatown. 


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