Locust Point will soon have a new spot for Korean cuisine and jazzy tunes when Jazz+Soju opens at the Anthem House apartment complex this year.
Expected to open in the fall or winter, the Korean restaurant will specialize in double-fried chicken with a side of jazz music.
Jazz+Soju will be owned by Michelle Min, who with her sister also owns Roosterspin, a similar concept in Westfield, N.J. Roosterspin is known for its double-fried chicken wings, as well as other Korean food, and Min said the menu at Jazz+Soju will be similar.
Min likened the food to an upscale version of the Korean fried chicken at BonChon, housed in a high-end, industrial-themed space.
As the name suggests, the restaurant will also serve soju, a traditional Korean alcohol.
Prices will range from $10 to $30.
Roosterspin hosts live jazz music on Friday and Saturday nights, and Min hopes to offer the same experience at her Anthem House location.
Born in Korea, Min lives in Baltimore and said she spent a long time searching for a restaurant location here. Locust Point was a good fit due to its growth and proximity to Interstate 95, she said.
The team from Bozzuto, which developed Anthem House with War Horse Cities and Solstice Partners, visited her New Jersey restaurant and liked what they tasted, said John Pezzulla, vice president of retail assets for Bozzuto.
"We thought it would be a really good fit for Anthem House and for the neighborhood. It's something very different," he said, adding he enjoyed the double-fried chicken at Roosterspin.
Apartments range from $1,850 to $8,000 per month at the $100 million Anthem House. The first tenants moved in last week.
The restaurant will occupy a 2,310-square-foot space at Anthem House and seat about 100 guests.
Jazz+Soju will join fellow restaurant and cafe Amber in the Anthem House complex. The building has a few more retail spaces available, and Pezzulla said Bozzuto is still in conversations with prospective tenants.
"We've had tremendous interest in the project and we want to make sure that we have the right fits for the building and for the neighborhood," Pezzulla said.
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