Returning to the South after working with chef Daniel Boulud in New York City, Brandon Bailey is on board as chef de cuisine at Sobban, wife-and-husband team Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor's Korean-Southern diner. The restaurant recently has been closed for lunch due to renovations, but will resume full service Friday and implement a bit of a concept change, Taylor confirmed in a phone call with Eater Atlanta.
Upon reopening, Sobban will move to fast-casual counter-service daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Taylor said that change would fit in with the neighborhood better and allow people who work nearby to get in and out quickly at lunchtime. The menu won't see too much of an overhaul, though Bailey will add some of his own influence, and ingredients the restaurant's large backyard garden will be highlighted. Taylor will begin spending more time at Sobban, and Lee will move over to the couple's Heirloom Market BBQ.
Bailey previously worked with Lee in the Kitchen at Repast. In addition to the change in service style, Sobban will offer take-away items and catering, and Taylor said a delivery operation is in the works.
To help christen the revamp, the restaurant will host a "Tokyo vs. Seoul ramen showdown" next Thursday, September 10. In another Repast reunion of sorts, chef Mihoko Obunai will make an appearance in the kitchen. Starting at 6 p.m., diners can choose Obunai's Japanese-style ramen or Lee's Korean-style, along with some new small plates on Sobban's regular menu.