Korean Restaurant JAZZ+SOJU Coming Soon to Anthem House in Locust Point

| October 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

JAZZ+SOJU is coming soon to a 2,310 sq. ft. space at Anthem House in Locust Point. The restaurant, which will bring “Korean specialty dishes along with a side of jazz,” recently began construction.

JAZZ+SOJU is a new restaurant concept from Baltimore resident Michelle Min, who also owns a restaurant called Roosterspin in Westfield, New Jersey with her sister. Just like Roosterspin, JAZZ+SOJU will serve Korean double-fried chicken, which earned rave reviews in The New York Times. The wings, drumettes, and drum sticks are fried twice in soybean oil to dissipate the fat. The chicken is then hand-brushed with housemade sauces, either hot and spicy or soy garlic, or a combination of the two.

Photo courtesy of Roosterspin’s Facebook page

JAZZ+SOJU dishes may include starters and small plates such as mando, which is a Korean dumpling, and steamed (or crispy) buns filled with soft-shell crab, bulgogi, or pork. Prices will range from $10 to $30. Popular dishes at Roosterspin include the tuna tataki, bulgogi sliders, and desserts, according to Min.

“My goal is to introduce new Korean dishes to Baltimore and offer great comfort food like I serve to my family,” said Min in a press release.

Min will also highlight Soju, which she described as the most popular and most representative liquor in Korea. She plans to infuse Soju with a variety of flavors and fruits, and create individual specialty Soju drinks for customers.

“My motivation for opening JAZZ+SOJU is to impact others in the same way that Soju has impacted the Korean people,” said Min. “In food culture, liquor and food always have a strong connection.”

JAZZ+SOJU was approved for a new restaurant liquor license in July.

The JAZZ+SOJU space at Anthem House will be a “hip, industrial-style space lined with thousands of jazz records.” Min described the space as “a good fit due to the growth of the area and its proximity to Interstate 95.”

JAZZ+SOJU will open for lunch and dinner, and will have a bar and seating for more than 100. On Friday and Saturday nights it will host live jazz musicians.

The nine-story Anthem House includes 292 apartments, 449 parking spaces, and 20,000 sq. ft. of ground floor retail. The retail will also include a 3,000 sq. ft. fitness studio for The Bar Method, and a 2,000 sq. ft. coffee and craft beer restaurant named Amber. More retail tenants will be announced in the future.

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