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Mar 1, 2008 02:45 PM

Korean restaurants with German names ?

Here in North Jersey, we've got several Korean restaurants with names like "Baden-Baden" and "Heidleburg" and I gotta wonder, what gives? Anyone know what the connection is?

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  1. Could be:
    --American Military Presence
    --Korean Bakeries

    1. Too cheap to buy new signs?

      Everyone in Northern Virginia is raving about Hong Kong Palace, once the home of yummy but mild dumplings and noodles, now home of unbelievably spicy authentic Szechuan. And it's clear that changing the signage was just a bit much when the new owners bought the place.

      I know that's not exactly as dramatic as the disjoint between Korea and Germany, but it's something.

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      1. re: wayne keyser

        That's certainly a viable theory, changing signs or changing business names. I remember many years ago there was a Thai restaurant in DC named the Three Vikings.

      2. reminds me of the fact that some korean bars in korea are called "hofs" ...isn't that a reference to germany?

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        1. re: bitsubeats

          absolutely...hof=house...I don't think it's laziness or an effort to save $$, as it seems to be very deliberate.

        2. I think you're on to something. Many of the korean pastries available at my local korean grocer are from a place called "The German Bakery".

          1. The German names on Korean Restaurants are Korean version of a German pub.Many of these places serve just beer and hard liquor but no korean alcohol. The food is also Korean pub food such as fried chickens ,french fries and Korean bar snacks.Baden Baden been to the Manhattan one many times is very popular with Korean-Americans and has loud music and very good chicken.