Jazz + Soju, specializing in Korean fried chicken and jazz, opens in Locust Point this week

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Korean fried chicken and jazz tunes: It’s a pairing that’s done well in the affluent New Jersey suburbs. Now Baltimore will get to experience the combo, with Jazz + Soju set to open on the first floor of the high-end Anthem House apartment complex this Thursday.

The restaurant, sibling to Roosterspin, referenced above, with two locations in New Jersey, will specialize in double-fried chicken, made to order and brushed with house-made sauces. The menu also includes starters and shared plates (kimchi fries, fried oysters and Koreans dumplings, to name a few), rice and noodle dishes like fried rice, stir-fried udon noodles and bibimbap and entrees such as beef bulgogi and short ribs, among others.

A regular order of fried chicken goes for $18 and a large for $23. Rice or noodle dishes range from $13 to $16, and entrees from $15 to $25.

For drinks, the specialty is in the name. The restaurant will serve soju, a generally low-alcohol spirit made from rice liquor. A release says owner Michelle Min plans to infuse the liquor with various flavors and fruits, and offer house-specialty drinks.

The space will be lined with “thousands of jazz records,” per the release, and host live jazz performances on the weekends. The restaurant and bar occupies a roughly 2,300-square-foot space, with room for up to 100 patrons.

Jazz + Soju will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Lunch hour will run until 2:30 p.m., with “an emphasis on quick serve food at reasonable prices.”

It’s the second restaurant to open at War Horse Cities’ nine-story, $100 million Anthem House, where apartments rent for anywhere from $1,535 for a studio to $5,075 for a two-bedroom with a den. The craft beer and coffee spot Amber opened in March in another space on the first floor.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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