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Chris Oh Pulls the Plug on Culver City’s Hanjip Korean BBQ

Another loss for the city’s downtown restaurant stretch

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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.

Downtown Culver City has lost another restaurant, this time modern Korean barbecue option Hanjip. A weekend tipster first sent in word regarding the final night of service at the restaurant, and a call to the place last night confirmed they were officially done.

It’s a sudden and rather quiet end for Hanjip. The restaurant was highly anticipated before it came onto the scene in late 2015, and even earned a favorable review by Jonathan Gold the following year. Yet owners Stephane Bombet and chef Chris Oh were always tinkering with the menu and model to better serve the neighborhood, moving eventually from an upscale dinner spot with a la carte prime cuts as the star to an all-you-can-eat experience. The restaurant had more recently introduced events like Monday night karaoke as well, but now it all seems to have been for naught.

As for what’s next, there’s nothing certain at the moment. Eater has heard rumblings of a Chris Oh dumpling concept, but that’s unconfirmed. In the meantime Bombet retains his place at The Ponte on Beverly Boulevard, while Oh runs Korean Super on Sawtelle.