clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Watch as Koreatown’s Best Restaurant Gets Sold Off to Developers

Jun Won makes the latest installment of KCET’s The Migrant Kitchen

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Jun Won has long been one of Koreatown’s most important restaurants, first opening in 1994 and accruing high praise pretty much ever since then. Despite their successes, the seafood-focused Korean specialist was forced out of their longstanding location on 8th Street in April of this year in favor of some new development, and Life & Thyme’s cameras were there to capture it all for their ongoing KCET collaboration The Migrant Kitchen.

The loss of Jun Won on 8th Street is a heartbreaking story for Jung Ye Jun and her son Yong Won Jun, and speaks to topics of loss and rebirth and what it means to be an immigrant in Los Angeles. Thankfully (spoiler alert) the family has managed to rebound somewhat, opening up again recently in a strip mall off Western with a new look and reformatted menu.

The vital Migrant Kitchen series has been absolutely fantastic since debuting weeks ago, and this fifth segment in the lineup is among the best. In previous iterations, the documentary crew has tackled the kitchen of Providence, one of Los Angeles’ most important fine dining gems, and the emerging nature of Filipino food across the city.

Jun Won

414 S Western Ave Ste B, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (213) 383-8855