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Hankook Taqueria to Open Downtown and More Restaurant News

Atlanta’s Hankook Taqueria—which has a location near Cross Creek on Atlanta’s west side, a partnership with the Yumbii food truck and two sister restaurants (both called Takorea, one in midtown Atlanta and one in Buckhead Dunwoody)—will take over the former Etienne Brasserie space at Jackson and Broad in downtown Athens, opening in November. Owner Tomas Lee has a fairly serious pedigree, and his Korean-Mexican fusion has done well in Atlanta. 

Patrons can expect Korean-accented tacos (bulgogi, panko-crusted fish with hoisin tartar sauce, calamari with jalapenos and sweet chili sauce) and burritos (same fillings as the tacos plus kimchi fried rice) as well as snacks like the Firedog (a spicy hot dog with kimchi), fries with sesame oil and red pepper flakes, tempura sweet potatoes and man-doo dumplings.

Sure, it’s a block away from Taqueria Tsunami, but there’s plenty of room for cross-cultural tacos, and Athens still needs a lot more Korean cuisine.

The Pine‘s downstairs bar, The Root, is officially open, from 3 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Happy hour runs 4 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight. There will be some sort of a grand opening shindig at some point.

Also: Lexington Road, near Walmart, is getting a brand-new Hardee’s. Woo!