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Long-time restaurant closes

July 25, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Seoul Garden sushi
Seoul Garden in Kentwood serves Asian cuisine such as sushi. Photo via

A local restaurant at a major retail intersection is closing after 25 years in business.

Seoul Garden in Kentwood, at 3321 28th St. SE, said last week that it will close its doors on Aug. 4.

The restaurant, which serves Asian cuisine, was founded in 1991 by Pan Ok Lee and Jung Ja Lee and their five children.

The business now stretches three generations, including 16 grandchildren.

The family expects to celebrate the retirement of the Lees, which will give them a “much-need break for quality time with the family.”

At this time, there are no plans to run a different restaurant at the site or sell Seoul Garden, according to a company representative.

Following the break, “the family will convene and decide their next steps.”

“We started out as a family of seven and close this chapter as a family of 28, life’s greatest blessing!” the family said. “Heartfelt thanks for a wonderful 25 years of support and friendship. Wishing you, my friends, good health and happiness always!”

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