“Don’t forget about us...” - much-loved Chorlton restaurant The Thirsty Korean announces it's closing 

By Natalie Rees | 11 January 2024

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Chorlton restaurant The Thirsty Korean has revealed the sad news that it will be closing its doors for good.

Eunji, owner of the eatery on Manchester Road, announced the ‘permanent closure’ in a statement on the restaurant’s Instagram this afternoon (Thursday 11 January).

The Thirsty Korean Perk

Since opening in 2019, the foodie spot has been a favourite amongst locals, serving authentic Korean dishes for the last five years.

Due to the end of the lease on the restaurant, Eunji confirmed the restaurant would close at the end of March.

In a statement, she said: “I am madly sorry to share the announcement that we are going to close the venue on Manchester Road by the end of March this year due to the end of the lease. I have not decided yet, where and when the next journey will begin.

“Most likely it will be the end of this year, it also depends on the new venue, how soon I will find and get a contract with.”

She added: “Personally I am also looking for the long break, as I had to work all the time because I am the cheapest cost of labour and when it is busy, then of course I had to work all the time by giving hands.

“I appreciate very much for your love and support. It is super hard to describe, how to thank in words. Honestly I could come this far only because you all were lovely people, cared about me, supported my business and loved my passion here.”

Last summer, The Thirsty Korean saw queues down the street after Night Time Economy Adviser Sacha Lord said he would pay the bills of all customers that day. Whilst Eunji is hopeful to set up a new venture elsewhere, it is clear that the Chorlton community will leave a huge impression on her.

“We have left about 2 months and a half to run this business in this venue. When the next venue will be decided, where and when to open the door, you will be the first person to know. So please stay with us and don’t forget about us.

“Before then, I strongly hope that we could have many more fun and lovely times with you all! Let’s have many more memories with laughter and smiles with us at the thirsty korean. Wishing a new start somewhere soon in the future, let’s celebrate our beautiful and cheerful end of 5 years long thirsty korean. Always your friend with lots of love, Eunji.”

The Thirsty Korean joins a string of closures in the last few weeks, including Northern Quarter institution Black Dog, and TV chef Simon Rimmer’s Greens restaurant in Didsbury, which announced it was to close after 33 years.