Charleston’s Korean restaurant Mama Kim is for sale on King Street


Korean restaurant Mama Kim’s has been a bibimbap staple since it moved to Calhoun Street in 2004. Now located at 349 King Street, the establishment is a beacon for students looking for a bargain and locals in search of bulgogi and banchan. . But that could change soon, as the address is currently up for sale with an estimated rent of $10,745.75.

Owner Kim Onam Brown has told local press that she is not ready to retire, despite having been in the food and beverage business for nearly 40 years, but the message from the Realtor Mike Santos Says: ‘Owner Potentially Considering Retirement’.

Mama Kim’s is currently still operating, but staff have reduced hours since the pandemic. The address is on a busy part of King Street full of retail stores, which over the years have grown from Charleston-owned businesses to more chains. Many locals say the rent is too high for them to make a profit.

Here is the publication for sale:

Downtown Charleston Restaurant

349 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Still open and operational

Investors Welcome

Owner potentially considering retirement

Size: This restaurant is approximately 2,286 square feet. The space includes a fully functional open plan kitchen with an approx. 20 foot hood system. 1,000 gallon inground grease trap and walk-in cooler. The space has a lot of character! Concrete floors throughout, exposed brick walls and exposed ductwork. Large dining room with a cozy back room for additional guests! The perfect space for your next business!

Location: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! The location of this space can’t be beat! The restaurant is nestled on King Street, in the absolute heart of historic downtown Charleston, SC. The space is steps away from the College of Charleston. The restaurant is located on busy King Street, where the streets are closed every 2nd Sunday of the month for the popular 2nd Sunday Festival! This space will go fast and is a MUST SEE! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Price negotiable

East. Rent: $10,745.75

Contact: Mike Santos (843) 343-4909


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