Hansong Buffet, a new, upscale restaurant on Olympic Boulevard in Koreatown, is offering an unusual feature to businesspeople looking for a discrete place for lunch meetings.
The buffet eatery has lots of private dining rooms – in fact, seven in all. The rooms are aimed at businesspeople who want a private place for business lunches.
The restaurant wants to appeal to everyone. It offers Korean, Japanese and Chinese food, in addition to American and Mexican classics. But Koreans and Korean-Americans are particularly targeted.
“We can provide any nationality with a room. But especially Koreans – they have a problem with the language barrier and feel more comfortable when they can communicate,” said Sue Choi, a Korean-American who opened the 18,000-square-foot restaurant Dec. 7 and co-owns it with some family members.
Choi, who owns commercial real estate brokerage Choice 100 Realty Inc., said that it is traditional for Korean businesspeople to conduct business over lunch. And they prize privacy.
But at Hansong, it isn’t just about comfort or privacy. Most of the rooms are also wired for audiovisual equipment so that they can be used for business presentations. The rooms can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 80 people. Some feature double-paned glass windows that are filled with live plants, making for a unique privacy screen.
Jong Min Kang, president of the Korean American Business Association, an advocacy group in Los Angeles that provides education and services to Korean businesses, has dined at Hansong. He said the eatery’s proximity to downtown and location in the heart of Koreatown should work in its favor as a lunchtime spot for Korean businesspeople.
“We don’t have a lot of big-sized restaurants, so rooms are very important for meetings and events,” Kang said.
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