Dec 30, 2016 - News

Seoul Food Meat Co. building adult playground in heart of South End


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Seoul Food Meat Co. is one of my favorite places in Charlotte — and it’s getting ready to go BIG.

With a no-frills menu that delivers the goods, an extensive, eclectic and approachable drink menu, a great patio and a comfortable interior, it really hits the mark.


Since opening earlier this year, Seoul Food has built quite a fanbase and they are now ready to take the space to the next level.

They are not only expanding to the space next door, they are building a giant outdoor, adult playground on the area behind the building.

[Agenda story: Seoul Food is making big moves towards the future]


The main expansion will be the patio expansion that will extend the building down Bland Street.

Here are the highlights, labeled crudely by me in the renderings above:

  • Enormous wooden deck complete with its own covered bar
  • Dog park area
  • Grassy area that doesn’t have all its uses planned yet, but one major one will be a “human size billiards” area. Think of it as soccer mixed with pool. You kick a “cue” ball to hit other balls into a goal. Sounds fun.

In addition, they are also adding four small (but much bigger than they look in the rendering) rooms that will be dedicated to Korean Karaoke.

Each will have a theme: rock, country, k-pop and hip-hop. This type of karaoke will be a little more private than you may be used to. It will be for groups of friends to get together and belt out some of their favorite tunes, no matter how bad or good of a singer you are.

The expansion will add some much needed giant patio life to this area of South End/The Gold District. The Music Factory has VBGB/8.2.0. and Plaza Midwood has Thomas Street Tavern, but South End doesn’t have an outdoor adult playground like this.

Construction is well under way and they hope to get the karaoke rooms open in a few weeks and the patio open before the spring starts up.


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