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Onslaught of Korean Resto Shutters: LaOn Dining, Raku Plus, and Don Dae Gam

1) Koreatown: LaOn Dining, the upscale small-plate concept by Jenee Kim of Parks BBQ, shuttered last weekend. While it received a heap of praise from JGold, LaOn never caught on as Koreans balked at paying for banchan. Meanwhile, Oleego, Kim's first Downtown venture, is still in the works. 1145 S Western Ave.

2) Little Tokyo: Raku Plus, the second branch of the much loved Raku on Olympic, will end its run late August. The Korean-Japanese operated izayaka was one of the first to fuse Korean ingredients with Japanese bar bites. Management sold the original branch last June, and now the location at Honda-Ya Plaza will take its inari stuffed with natto, kimchi, and cheese, with it to the grave. Ownership confirmed no immediate plans to reopen. 424 E 2nd St.

3) Koreatown: And in a surprising move, the universally loved porcine temple Don Dae Gam, also opened by Parks BBQ, simultaneously closed along with its next door neighbor LaOn. It will transform into a new AYCE Korean BBQ restaurant called Kogi King. 1145 S Western Ave.

LaOn Dining

1145 S Western Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019

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