Lee addressed the closing in a
statement on the restaurant's Facebook
"I am so sorry to say that I am closing Sobban.... Heirloom is my first son and Sobban is my little girl...it is painful...
Ever since I cooked as a professional cook I dreamed about restaurant like Sobban. Korean influenced Western food. Some people said fusion confusion but it is a new style of cuisine to me. It is such a challange and difficult to pairing like a international marriage. Food is a culture. Create a harmony with two different cultures not easy. Language barrier in a real relationship sometimes frustrated but there some good things about it 'Silence is gold' ~~~ But realistic world needs more than that.
I was trying to express myself and speak with my food through Sobban but there was some barriers and mistakes that I made.
I never had a chance to express myself as a cook when I worked for somebody. There is not much chances for female cooks... but I luckily had a chance in the kitchen at Sobban. I really appreciated who had my food at Sobban and gave me a opportunity to show my heart.
Closing Sobban is so painful but my girl is in my heart and I will take care of her and one day I will bring her out to the world again....
I am truly sorry to Sobban's loyal customers. Thank you... and love you all. God bless you.
- Chef Jiyeon Lee"
Lee and Taylor took over the lease at 1788 Clairmont Road after retro Southern diner Kitsch’n 155 closed in 2013. The building also previously served as an Arby's.
Former AJC food writer Jon Watson awarded Sobban three out of five stars
when he reviewed it in 2014: "Lee and Taylor's fresh take on the cuisine consistently proves to be delicious and fun, and presents you with flavor combinations you won't find anywhere else in the city. Definitely worth the trip."
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