david choi, owner of seoul taco photo by ashley gieseking

Seoul Taco will open new location in The Grove

Korean-Mexican fast casual chain Seoul Taco will bulk up its St. Louis presence in the new year. The restaurant announced a new location is scheduled to open in the Chroma building at 4087 Chouteau Ave., in The Grove sometime in 2019. The new spot will be Seoul Taco’s fourth Missouri location. 

Owner David Choi said he hopes to have the doors open in May or June, depending on construction. “This is our first from-scratch construction job, so we’re not sure how it’ll go,” he said. “Right now it’s just dirt and gravel in there.”

Choi said he wanted to locate Seoul Taco’s next St. Louis brick and mortar location inside the city limits, and The Grove is in line with where the brand is headed.  “The Grove and that whole area [of the city] is expanding and we want to be part of that growth,” he said.

The menu will feature Seoul Taco favorites like bulgogi steak tacos and the spicy pork gogi bowl, along with new items like the Gogi and Waffles, sweet potato waffle fries topped with a choice of protein, house-made kimchi, sesame seeds, green onion, queso blanco and Seoul sauce.

Seoul Taco, which began as a St. Louis-based food truck in 2011, recently opened two locations in Chicago, and plans are in the works for one in Naperville, Illinois, next year as well.

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

Editor's note: This article was updated Jan. 2 at 5:10 p.m. to include comments from David Choi.