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El Bandito



Joined: 07 Oct 2013

PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:09 pm    Post subject: HBC questions Reply with quote

I haven't been up around that way for about 3 years and I have a 1 and a half week training seminar coming up and was wondering about a few things:

1- Is Casablanca, the Moroccan sandwich place still open?

2-Is the Orange Tree still around and does Mike still own it?

3-There was a place that seemed to be going downhill fast when I was there last called The Doghouse, owned by a K-lesbian couple. Is that still there as well?

The hotel is going to be far from that area, possibly, so I didn't want to waste a trek all the way there just to find out my favorite haunts are gone and go back bummed out.

Also, any suggestions for cool stuff in HBC/Itaewon that has come up in the last two years or so would be great.

Cheers
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hogwonguy1979



Joined: 22 Dec 2003
Location: the racoon den

PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:33 am    Post subject: Re: HBC questions Reply with quote

El Bandito wrote:
I haven't been up around that way for about 3 years and I have a 1 and a half week training seminar coming up and was wondering about a few things:

1- Is Casablanca, the Moroccan sandwich place still open?

2-Is the Orange Tree still around and does Mike still own it?

3-There was a place that seemed to be going downhill fast when I was there last called The Doghouse, owned by a K-lesbian couple. Is that still there as well?

The hotel is going to be far from that area, possibly, so I didn't want to waste a trek all the way there just to find out my favorite haunts are gone and go back bummed out.

Also, any suggestions for cool stuff in HBC/Itaewon that has come up in the last two years or so would be great.

Cheers

1) Yes it's still there and doing a heck of a business, they spent a month in Morocco last month and came back with an even spicier recipe for their chicken sandwiches.

2) After tonight Orange Tree will be no more, I posted this on the Korean thread. Indigos and Orange Tree are being kicked out for another god forbid hipster place

3) Never heard of the doghouse and I've been here 6 years

HBC is becoming gentrified and hipster big time now, not many foreigner oriented places left except for Phillies, Hungry Dog and Bonny's, apparently a lot of money is coming into area in anticipation of Yongsan garrison moving (but thats at least another 5-6 years away) along with the Koreanization of Itaewon and Kyungnidan and pushing lots of the old timers out
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El Bandito



Joined: 07 Oct 2013

PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 2:37 am    Post subject: Re: HBC questions Reply with quote

hogwonguy1979 wrote:
El Bandito wrote:
I haven't been up around that way for about 3 years and I have a 1 and a half week training seminar coming up and was wondering about a few things:

1- Is Casablanca, the Moroccan sandwich place still open?

2-Is the Orange Tree still around and does Mike still own it?

3-There was a place that seemed to be going downhill fast when I was there last called The Doghouse, owned by a K-lesbian couple. Is that still there as well?

The hotel is going to be far from that area, possibly, so I didn't want to waste a trek all the way there just to find out my favorite haunts are gone and go back bummed out.

Also, any suggestions for cool stuff in HBC/Itaewon that has come up in the last two years or so would be great.

Cheers

1) Yes it's still there and doing a heck of a business, they spent a month in Morocco last month and came back with an even spicier recipe for their chicken sandwiches.

2) After tonight Orange Tree will be no more, I posted this on the Korean thread. Indigos and Orange Tree are being kicked out for another god forbid hipster place

3) Never heard of the doghouse and I've been here 6 years

HBC is becoming gentrified and hipster big time now, not many foreigner oriented places left except for Phillies, Hungry Dog and Bonny's, apparently a lot of money is coming into area in anticipation of Yongsan garrison moving (but thats at least another 5-6 years away) along with the Koreanization of Itaewon and Kyungnidan and pushing lots of the old timers out


YEAH. Hungry Dog was the name of it. I was thinking of an old sausage place in Portland. Never heard of Bonny's. I always hated the clientele and food at Phillies (pre-non-smoking Phillies), and the place I really thought was a shithole-bartenders and clientele alike- was a place called The Local.

Oh, I forgot to add: That totally sucks balls about Orange Tree. I remember many nights there hanging out with Mike and Jake and drinking shots of Fire Water until the sun was coming up.
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fezmond



Joined: 27 Oct 2008

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OT is going for sure? What will happen to Mike?

Orange Tree is a complete dive but at least it has character, a lot like Seoul Pub.

Bonny's seems to be doing a roaring trade these days. Good beer selection and pizza is decent.
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Zyzyfer



Joined: 29 Jan 2003
Location: who, what, where, when, why, how?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fezmond wrote:
OT is going for sure? What will happen to Mike?


I haven't personally verified but a bud spoke with Mike Sunday and heard Orange Tree will still be around for a while, the lease is not up for a while still.

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Orange Tree is a complete dive but at least it has character, a lot like Seoul Pub.


Yes, I love me a good dive bar like these two.
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El Bandito



Joined: 07 Oct 2013

PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zyzyfer wrote:
fezmond wrote:
OT is going for sure? What will happen to Mike?


I haven't personally verified but a bud spoke with Mike Sunday and heard Orange Tree will still be around for a while, the lease is not up for a while still.

Quote:
Orange Tree is a complete dive but at least it has character, a lot like Seoul Pub.


Yes, I love me a good dive bar like these two.


Booyah! I'll be hitting up that place when I'm in Seoul. OT has all the stuff I love about a bar. I wish Gunther was still around at 3 Alley.
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