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One of the more bizarre local food and dining stories from recent years began unspooling in July of 2019, when a roof collapse “temporarily” closed four St. Matthews restaurants doing business in the Galleria of St. Matthews (4113 Oechsli Avenue) strip mall complex.

A tale of sale, lawsuit and confusion at Galleria St. Matthews

17 months and a global pandemic later, there has been no clear resolution to the situation. Lawsuits were filed, and the strip center was sold – wait, no it wasn’t.

Havana Rumba relocated and rebranded, and Del Frisco’s eventually took up new lodgings down Hurstbourne way. Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe and Charim Korean Restaurant were left out in the cold, roofless.

Now there are updates concerning both establishments. First, a new home for Half-Peach, quite near to the old one:

In 2019, our store suffered a sudden roof collapse. We had to move out and have been searching for a way to continue ever since. We’re happy to announce that we’ve found a new place and decided to move into the building directly behind our old one at 170 Sears Ave! We will start remodeling very soon and hope to open in February or March.

Since the roof collapse was a structural issue, it was not covered by insurance. We can’t use our old ovens in the new place, so we’re raising funds to do the remodeling and buy new equipment through gift card and merch sales. If you purchase more than $100 total of gift cards or merch before we open, your name will be part of the design of our new ceiling. We’re so grateful for your support all these years!

Meanwhile, The Wine Studio @ 610 Magnolia is keeping Charim’s unique Korean vibe in the spotlight this January with a month-long take-out pop-up: “If you miss the wonderful cuisine of Charim, this is your chance to have it in the comfort of your home.”

Yeon Hee Chung was the owner and chef behind Charim, Louisville’s best Korean restaurant in St. Matthews before she was forced to shut down due to building damages. For the month of January 2021, the chefs at 610 Magnolia and Yeon Hee will be collaborating to bring you an amazing take-out experience. Each week will offer a different set menu of Korean fare, designed as a meal kit for 2 people. We will also be taking small groups in the Wine Studio each weekend as a private dining experience. Please see menus and details and reserve your meals early as this dinner series will be in limited numbers.

Delving more deeply into the details:

  • All take out dinner kits are $75 and feed 2 people
  • Substitutions cannot be accommodated at this time
  • The menu changes weekly – see schedule
  • Please call 502-636-0783 or email to place orders

Private dining reservations for the listed menus are available:

  • Minimum of 6 people and maximum of 12 people
  • $45 per person for the set dinner menu
  • Tax, Gratuity and Beverages and additional
  • Please call 502-636-0783 or email for reservations

Here’s the first menu. Follow the link to view the others.

Menu available for Take-Out on Jan 7, 8, 9
Kimchi Jeon with Soy Dipping Sauce
Jab-chae Noodles
Bulgogi Beef with Rice
Ban Chan (4 small side dishes)

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