Popular Korean restaurant to close in Des Moines

August 2, 2023 by No Comments

Jenny Lee’s Korean + American Restaurant in West Des Moines closed its doors due to a rent increase on the space. The chef and owner, Jenny Lee Symonds, initially ran TaKo inside Boomer’s Bicycle Lounge (now Pelican Post Bar & Grille) on 50th St. in West Des Moines, offering bar food like nachos, burgers, and cheese curds.

In June of last year, Symonds launched Jenny Lee’s Korean American Kitchen at 3701 EP True Pkwy. in West Des Moines, taking over the former location of Unrvld barbecue. The restaurant featured an array of Korean delicacies, including Korean hot dogs, barbecue, bibimbap bowls, fried chicken, and rice cakes. More recently, they introduced a Saturday brunch buffet offering standard breakfast items along with japchae glass noodles, fried rice, Korean street buns, spicy pork, and more.

Jenny Lee had this to say on her Facebook page: “The rent went up, the ceiling came down and we had to shut the doors hopefully not for long, friends! I’m on the hunt for another location in our fine city so if you know of such a place (vacant and outfitted for a restaurant), please inbox! It’s been so fun creating rotating menus and deliciously unique specials. We will miss you and hope to see you soon at a more central location. In the meantime, watch soon for delivery and carryout options in a temporary spot! Catering is still available 515-249-6398. Thank you for your support and BIG thanks to my team Chef Jenny + Awesome Crew”

Jenny Lee’s was one of the three new Korean restaurants that recently opened in the Des Moines metro area. The others include DZÔ Korean BBQ on Ingersoll Avenue in Des Moines and Naughtea, which specializes in Korean hot dogs, located in Ankeny.

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