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Koreatown's Next Anticipated Restaurant Puts Michael Hung Behind the Stoves Again

The upcoming Mama Lion is almost ready to roar

The future home of Mama Lion
Michael Ryan
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.

Still-bustling Koreatown is getting yet another major power player, this time in the form of noted chef Michael Hung. He’s stepping in as chef/partner along with owner Robert Kim to debut Mama Lion right at the corner of 6th Street and Western.

If you know that corner, you’re aware of its prowess. Around any given corner is Here’s Looking at You, Beer Belly, and Frank N Hanks, with Terra Cotta and the iconic Wiltern Theatre just steps to the south.

There’s no word yet on what exactly Hung will be cooking, but his time at Viviane, Faith & Flower, and La Folie in San Francisco suggest upscale Continental cuisine. Star beverage director and GM Aidan Demarest (Seven Grand, The Spare Room, Neat Bar) steps in to run the floor and the drinks as well.

The Kelly Architects-designed space is still wrapping up, but expect an opening by the end of the month. That’s great news for Koreatown, and even better news for anyone who can walk to 6th Street and Western.

Mama Lion
601 S. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA