It has been 13 long months since a roof collapse at the Galleria of St. Matthews strip mall (4115 Oechsli Avenue) displaced four successful eateries.

Havana Rumba has relocated, and Del Frisco’s Steakhouse is about to do the same. Half-Peach Bakery & Cafe has transitioned to wholesale baking, cook books and instructional videos. So far, Charim Korean Restaurant — which filed a lawsuit against the building owners — appears to have been hurt the worst by the first of two unforeseen interruptions (the second being COVID-19), unable as yet to reopen. 

However, in one of the happier stories to emerge in recent weeks, Zanzabar is partnering with Charim’s owner Yeon Hee Chung to bring a taste of Korea to the bar’s food program.

In a Facebook post, Zanzabar (2100 S. Preston Street) filled in the blanks. 

Zanzabar is honored to introduce the amazing & artistic culinary creations of Yeon Hee Chung, owner of the best Korean restaurant Louisville has ever known, Charim Korean Restaurant … All dishes created by Yeon Hee Chung & served by Zanzabar.

Specials have included pork, chicken and beef Magic Galaxy Tacos, Korean-style wings (mild or spicy), and sides of cucumber or kimchi. For further details, specials and pricing, visit Zanzabar‘s Facebook page.

For background on Charim, here’s a Food & Dining Magazine mini-profile from 2017.

Charim Korean Restaurant