‘Seoul Chicken’ the Latest Victim of Cursed 71 Clinton Street
The curse of 71 Clinton Street is very much alive and well, striking at will, through flood, fire, and foot traffic (or lack thereof).
Not even a potential $18 million building sale could change the failed fortunes of this Lower East Side address. Seoul Chicken, the latest in a long line of culinary endeavors, folded for good over the July 4 holiday weekend. Apparently, the reason given for the closure was “an issue with the oil pipes.” Their PR muscle delivered the following canned response (in part) after our request for comment…
Unfortunately the [oil pipe] issue is damaging the overall customer experience (as reflected on Yelp), and cannot easily be rectified in this current space. As such, the team is looking for a new space to recreate their unique dining, music and viewing experience.
Said oil pipe issue, however, isn’t affecting the company’s catering chops. The Seoul Chicken crew is still available for special events and private parties.
Seoul Chicken seemed promising out of the gate, but, in retrospect, it’s simply more of the same. Fried fare with an Asian bent. And that would make sense, as every restaurant in this spot since the eviction of Fat Hippo five years ago has been from the same principles – Patate Fellow, Hachember, Itazakaya Dodom Pa, and now Seoul Chicken.
When we first reported the arrival of Seoul Chicken last year, word on the street was that the owner was trying desperately to unload the business. For quite a while, and for too much. We’ll keep you apprised.