Seoul 4 Soul bringing Korean fusion food to downtown Springfield

Korean fusion food is coming to downtown Springfield. Chefs Kimsimone Manning and Emily Tylman are teaming up to open Seoul 4 Soul in the upper level of Buzz Bomb Brewing Company at 406 E. Adams St.

“Seoul 4 Soul has been my baby since I started culinary school back in 2014,” said Manning, “so much so that I tattooed it on my arm.”

In 2021, Manning opened a grab-and-go restaurant under the name Seoul 4 Soul, operating out of The Barn’s space at 1501 Wabash Ave. “It seemed like it was pretty well-received, but (owner) Kevin (Sullivan) moved on to other things, and we decided to part ways,” she said.

Tylman had also been using space at The Barn for VeggOut, a food stand that she previously operated at the Old Capitol Farmers Market, and Manning said after a mutual friend introduced them, the two “clicked immediately.”

“We decided to merge; Seoul 4 Soul has all Kimsimone’s fabulous recipes and we’ll be doing a heavy vegetarian aspect to bring more people to the table,” said Tylman. “I’ve been in the food industry for 22 years and see a niche for more vegan and vegetarian food.”

Both ladies have worked extensively in the Springfield-area food scene. Tylman most recently worked for the Springfield Motor Boat Club and now does events for Cured Catering.

“I worked at The Garden with chef Justin Richardson, and prior to that I was with Augie (Mrozowski),” Manning said. “I also worked at the Motor Boat Club with Jimmy Oh – although not at the same time as Emily – and now I’m an adjunct instructor at LLCC. I teach some of the culinary community education programs and help put on the dinners.”

Tylman described the new restaurant as “a small bistro where you can choose from amazing recipes. We’re both foodies; we keep finding so many new things we want to try. There will definitely be an eclectic bent to it.”

She also said having the business located inside an existing business will be a significant advantage. “We’re collaborating with Buzz Bomb in so many ways. We’ll be able to serve food on the main level and outside when the weather is nice. And for us starting out, it’s wonderful, because the foot traffic is already there,” Tylman said.

A New Year’s Eve event is planned in conjunction with Buzz Bomb, and Seoul 4 Soul will open to the public on Jan. 3. Hours of operation will be Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

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