Friday, September 30, 2016

Korean Street Food Replacing Israeli Street Food in Decatur

Inside Seven Hens Decatur earlier this week 
Fried chicken joint gone in a flash  

Seven Hens, a chicken schnitzel eatery which opened in July 2012 at 2140 North Decatur Road in North Decatur Center has closed.    Situated at the intersection of North Decatur and Clairmont Roads, the restaurant is located in a high traffic center anchored by Mattress Firm SuperCenter.

As I reported this past April, Seven Hens founder / owner Michael Gurevich had planned to grow the concept nationally, but decided to relocate overseas and sell the business.  While the option to buy the business and continue to operate both units (Decatur & Sandy Springs) as Seven Hens was available, that ultimately did not happen. 

While I have verified that both units closed within the past few days, attempted communication with Gurevich to confirm exactly when the closures occurred has thus far been unsuccessful.  Strangely, facebook pages for Seven Hens, as well as separate pages for the Decatur and Sandy Springs locations remain active (although not recently updated) without any mention of the closure.     

The Decatur location will reopen "soon" as Bull Gogi, an eatery specializing in Korean street food.

Bull-Gogi, an existing Korean restaurant has purchased the two Seven Hens locations in Decatur and Sandy Springs and will convert them.  The existing, and currently only Bull-Gogi restaurant opened this past March in a 2,000 square foot space in the Goodwill-anchored Peachtree Parkway Plaza shopping center on Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree Corners.   
Bull-Gogi currently has 55 Yelp.com reviews with an overall score of 4.5 stars.    

Korean entrepreneur James Baek, who is opening the Bull Gogi in Decatur, is also involved with the five-unit Wings 101 chain and the one unit Teriyaki 101 eatery in Athens. 

Have you been to Bull Gogi?  Will you miss Seven Hens?  What is your favorite Korean eatery in Atlanta?

Please share your thoughts below.  

1 comment:

Kane Lester said...

I went to Seven Hens in Sandy Springs and liked the food very much, but the service was aloof and weak. Employees already seemed "checked out" and that was in May. Never thought of Schnitzel as "Israeli". Always think of it as Austrian/German but obviously very popular all over the world. Thanks for your site. Always enjoy reading.