Korean barbecue and karaoke restaurant opens downtown

Courtesy K-ROK Grand Rapids

After a two-year delay, K-ROK Grand Rapids, a Korean barbecue and karaoke restaurant, now is open downtown.

Rob Yoon, owner of K-ROK Grand Rapids, held a grand opening for his new restaurant at 169 Louis Campau Promenade, across the street from Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, on Oct. 30.

The restaurant serves authentic Korean barbecue made from family recipes using marinated meats that are cooked tableside.

K-ROK also offers traditional Korean appetizers alongside fries and wings, as well as dessert, Coke products, specialty cocktails, beer, seltzer, wine and spirits.

The restaurant will offer private karaoke rooms offering thousands of songs, from the top 40 to K-Pop to everything in between, starting in December. Reservations will be available in two-hour blocks and will require a $100 deposit.

K-ROK originally was announced in 2019, but the challenges of COVID-19 delayed the opening by two years.

“The restaurant world isn’t easy by far right now,” Yoon said. “With staffing, shipping and COVID, stress is at an all-time high. But by the grace of God, we all will make it through. (We) love Grand Rapids and all the support we have been getting.”

More information and reservations are available at krokgr.com.

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