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East Atlanta Village Gains a Food Stall Serving Late-Night Korean Fried Chicken and Egg Roll Taquitos

Chef Lino Yi opens Korean-American food stall TKO December 9 at Southern Feedstore, and it’s open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights

A spread of Korean comfort foods includes Korean fried chicken sandwich, Korean fried chicken nuggets, kimchi mac and cheese, Korean corn dogs, and tteokbokki (Korean rice cakes) from TKO stall at Southern Feed Store in East Atlanta. Colette Collins

After multiple delays, chef Lino Yi finally opens his Korean-American food stall TKO (the Korean One) Friday, December 9, at Southern Feedstore in East Atlanta Village. The stall joins Brazilian restaurant and coffee bar Buteco, Woody’s CheeseSteaks, Gyro Gyro, and Waffle Bar at the mini food hall.

TKO opens at 12 p.m. daily for lunch and dinner, with late-night food until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. The menu features many of the same dishes as the pop-up, including cheesy Korean corn dogs, kimchi fried rice, Korean fried chicken nuggets, Korean beef egg roll taquitos, and hot and spicy tteokbokki (rice cakes).

Yi was a sous chef at Lazy Betty in Candler Park, where worked for the last three years. Prior to Lazy Betty, Yi worked at Makan and Taiyo Ramen in Decatur at the Courtyard by Marriott under the direction of owners Michael Lo and chef George Yu. That space is now home to Platez Southern Kitchen and Cocktailz.

Kimchi fried rice from Korean-American food stall TKO in Atlanta.
Kimchi fried rice.
Colette Collins
Korean beef egg roll taquitos from Korean-American food stall TKO in Atlanta.
Korean beef egg roll taquitos.
Colette Collins

In 2021, Yi launched TKO as a pop-up, offering his food at Atlanta restaurants like Ration and Dram (now Dead End Drinks), Full Commission, Sweet Auburn BBQ, Buteco, and Georgia Beer Garden.

“Much like my own upbringing, I’m forming a bridge between Korean and American cultures and traditions,” Lino says of melding Korean food traditions with new techniques and ingredients. “Growing up, our Thanksgiving dinners had turkey and gravy as well as Korean BBQ and kimchi. There is an amalgamation of new and retro called Newtro in Korean culture.”

1245 Glenwood Avenue, Atlanta. tko-eav.com.

Open Sunday - Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Taiyo Ramen

130 Clairemont Avenue, , GA 30030 (404) 996-6504 Visit Website

Sweet Auburn BBQ

656 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30306 (678) 515-3550 Visit Website

Georgia Beer Garden

420 Edgewood Avenue Northeast, , GA 30312 (404) 458-5690 Visit Website

Ration and Dram

130 Arizona Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 974-8380 Visit Website

Full Commission

519 Memorial Drive Southeast, , GA 30312 (404) 941-9102 Visit Website

Lazy Betty

1530 DeKalb Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (404) 975-3692 Visit Website

Buteco

1039 Grant Street Southeast, , GA 30315 (404) 963-2929 Visit Website

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