Korean fried chicken wings at Salaryman.
Photo: Photo courtesy of Salaryman
Photo: Photo courtesy of Salaryman

Son of a Bear closes in Oakhurst, Salaryman to open next week in East Lake

The group behind several Asian-focused metro Atlanta restaurants have closed one concept to focus on opening a new one.

George Yu and Michael Lo, who own Korean Wives Hospitality Group restaurant group, are set to open Salaryman in the Hosea and 2nd development at 2371 Hosea L. Williams Drive, Atlanta Magazine reports.

Lo confirmed to the AJC that the restaurant will be in soft open mode this weekend for friends and family, and will open to the public next week.

Another Korean Wives eatery, Son of a Bear, closed over the weekend at 350 Mead Road in Oakhurst. The restaurant announced the closure on its Facebook page: 

The Bear is going to sleep.

Come out one last time before Son of a Bear closes after dinner service on Saturday, Sept 7. We know you’ll miss us, but don’t fret, we’re opening Salaryman very soon on the corner of Hosea & 2nd in East Lake, just a few blocks away. Some of your favorite dishes from SOB might even be on that new menu. For now, come out one last time and raise a glass of soju to Son of a Bear.

Kalbi Jjim Poutine from Salaryman.
Photo: Erik Meadows/Photo courtesy of Salaryman

Son of a Bear, which featured a menu of Korean dishes, opened in September 2018 and replaced another Korean Wives concept, Double Dragon, which previously occupied the space.

Salaryman, which will take over the space where Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken and Oysters previously operated, will feature a menu with a variety of Japanese and Korean dishes, developed by Son of a Bear executive chef Jinkuk “Jay” Lee. Look for a izakaya elements including fried and grilled meats and ramen, and Asian-influenced burger, a fried chicken sandwich and braised short ribs. 

The bar program will offer sake by the glass, beer from Georgia breweries including Creature Comforts and Three Taverns and Japanese beers and classic cocktails served with an Asian twist, as well as a small selection of wine.

Salaryman will feature a 25-seat bar, a 40-seat dining room and an 45-seat outdoor, dog-friendly patio.

Yu and Lo’s other restaurants include Ramen Station in Grant Park, Suzy Siu’s Baos in Krog Street Market and Noona in Duluth. The pair’s Taiyo Ramen closed in Decatur earlier this year

Mary Hoopa’s, from One Eared Stag owner Robert Phalen, closed earlier this year. Phalen is slated to open Woodward & Park in The Larkin development in Grant Park this year.

Salaryman doesn’t yet have set hours, Lo said, but will serve dinner seven days a week.

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