Han Ly Hwang
, the owner of Southeast Division Street food cart Kim Jong Grillin'
, had a hell of a Saturday: First, his Korean barbecue skills earned him the judge's choice award
at the 2011 Eat Mobile Festival; then, just a few hours later, while Hwang was 3 miles away dismantling the temporary kitchen set up for Eat Mobile, his cart went up in flames
. The cause of the fire is so far unknown, but Hwang promises to reopen soon. We wish him godspeed. Here's his press release:
"To loyal patrons of Kim Jong Grillin', we would like to once again thank you for your business over the past 10 months. As many of you know, KJG was fortunate enough to participate in Willamette Weeks Eat Mobile event this past weekend. We really enjoyed the experience, seeing many familiar faces and meeting many knew ones as well. And, to top things off, we were extremely honored and humbled to win the judges choice award for best food. Portland is such a great food city, and to be recognized by our peers for doing what we love to do has made all the long days and nights of hard work seem so worth it. Thank you once again.
Unfortunately our celebration was cut short. Just a few hours after finishing up the Eat Mobile event, we received a call informing us that our cart was on fire. As you can imagine, this was heartbreaking news, and it really put a damper on what was probably our best day as a business yet. While we are collecting details, fire inspector reports and dealing with insurance, we will unfortunately not be able to open. There is substantial damage to the cart, and we are not currently sure if it is repairable. We do know this: Kim Jong Grillin' will rise like a phoenix from these ashes and bring you even more of the food our loyal patrons have come to love, and our new found friends are so curious to try. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates as we hope to expedite this grueling process as quickly as possible.
Once again, thank you to all who have made this past year so worth it, and we look forward to serving you again as soon as possible.
Han Ly Hwang
and the staff at Kim Jong Grillin'