Good news Atlanta! There’s a brand new Korean-Japanese restaurant opening up in East Lake for ramen and bibimap. The restaurant, called Salaryman, is the brain child of Michael Lo and chef George Yu who have collaborated on Suzy Siu’s Baos, Ramen Station, and Noona. The restaurant is located at the former location of Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken on Second Avenue and Hosea L. Williams Drive.
The name Salaryman stems from a Japanese term referring to a white-collar worker. The restaurant offers 40 seats in the indoor dining area, an additional ten seats in the bar area, and 25 seats in the outdoor patio dining area. With a precious few days left in the outdoor dining and libations season, there is now one more option available to consumers looking to extend the summer season for as long as possible.
The Hosea and Second area is rapidly becoming a hotspot for new restaurants and is going to feature a new coffee shop coming to the area in the Spring of next year. The complex will now feature Salaryman alongside Poor Hendrix, Greater Good BBQ, and Mix’D Up Burgers. The first Atlanta location of Savannah’s hit coffee shop Perc Coffee Roasters does not have a set in stone opening date, but you can expect to have a stellar cup of coffee in the Spring before or after you have a great meal!
The Salaryman is planning on being open seven days a week for dinner only. The hours will shift based on weekdays and weekends. From Sunday through Thursday, the restaurant will be open from 5pm through 10 pm, and on Friday and Saturday nights the restaurant will stay open an additional two hours through midnight.
Salaryman bills itself as a Izakaya restaurant. Which is a Japanese term for an informal pub or casual drinking restaurant. As such, the place is an excellent place to visit for happy hour after a day of work. Salaryman will offer traditional Japanese sake as well as beer and wine, and 11 classic cocktails featuring Japanese liquors like yuzu, which is a citrus liqueur that can be used as a mixer or can be enjoyed on the rocks, lychee, which is sweet spirit based on the fruit of the same name, liqueur, and Japanese gin.
Beyond the libations, you can grab some old favorites from the recently closed Son of a Bear Tavern that Lo and Yu had previously owned. Traditional fare like kimchi fried rice balls, popcorn chicken, hangover ramen, and a shareable platter of Korean fried chicken. Beyond the former crowd pleasers the new Salaryman will serve skewers of Korean meat and pork as well as vegetables and king oyster mushrooms. You will also be able to find ramen and an Asian-infused burger that will be sure to please even the most picky of eaters who you bring to enjoy these world-class Japanese and Korean dishes located right here in historic Atlanta.