That’s all for now

We’re writing with some news to share. This Monday’s pop-up at PekoPeko Ramen will be haenyo’s last, at least for the foreseeable future. We will stay in Baltimore but our focus will begin to shift to new projects.

When we started this thing in May of last year, there was no agreed upon end-game. We wanted to start something, try to do it well, fail, succeed and see where it led. We wanted to share food, to travel, and prove to ourselves that we could build something worthy. Things feel ok knowing we accomplished what we set out to do.

Thank you to the restaurant owners who kindly, if not foolishly, welcomed us into their kitchens. Thank you Andrew, Ran, Matt, Brian L., Brian O, Stu, Ricky, David, Dylan, Evan, and Roseann. If not for you, we don’t get to do any of this.

Going out on your own takes some courage. But from day one, we knew that our own lack of experience would be offset by an inpouring of support. We were right. Whenever we needed it our friends (and families) stepped in and offered us their time and attention. They wouldn't let us fail and at times that was demanding work. Our deepest gratitude to Hana, Justin, John, Maeve, Gerald, Cai, Christine, Caroline, Michael, Sabina and many others for having our backs. You made it all worth it.

Finally, we want to thank you. You're part of a relatively small group that came to our dinners and sustained our business over the past 18-months. We’re extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to cook for you and we sincerely hope that this is not the last time we intersect. And with that, we’re inviting you to join us for one last haenyo dinner: A goodbye. We’ll get started tomorrow at 5 p.m. and go until we sell out.

Memories abide and we’ll keep in touch.

Collin + Irvin