Dining With Denise Neil

Old Town restaurant goes Gangnam Style

As of Tuesday, Jinji is going Gangnam Style.
As of Tuesday, Jinji is going Gangnam Style. The Wichita Eagle

Just three months after Jinji Korean Grill & Bar opened on the edge of Old Town, its owner is changing its name, its management and its menu.

Jinji, which Soomi Nam opened in August at 210 N. Washington, closed on Sunday and a new sign went on the building promising GangNam Stye Korean Grill & Bar. (For those of you who had just successfully emptied your head of the song, I apologize.) The restaurant will reopen on Tuesday.

New manager Mike Choi said Jinji was “a failure” but he has a plan to turn things around. He’s changing the recipes, adding lunch specials that will range from $4.99 to $5.99, starting a daily happy hour and remodeling the bar.

The restaurant will still specialize in Korean BBQ, which allows customers to grill their own food at the table, but the meat and sauces will have a better flavor, Choi said. He’s also excited about a seafood dish called jjampong, which is filled with a variety of seafood and vegetables and has a kick.

“This one’s a little spicier,” he said. “I noticed a lot of Wichita people like spice.”

The lunch special menu will include a teriyaki chicken bowl, bulgogi and more.

Choi said the restaurant is not necessarily named after the ear-worm song “Gangnam Style” by Korean pop star Psy that was a big hit in 2012. GangNam is a district in Seoul, South Korea, that is upscale and wealthy, sort of like Beverly Hills. The restaurant was named more for Gangnam the place, not the song.

Choi has restaurant experience and previously ran an Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.

GangNam Style will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 10 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 719-505-2283.