Actors, actresses, singers, and other famous personalities have some of the busiest schedules out there. But even with their hands full most of the time, some celebrities still find the time to do hobbies on the side— with some even handling their own businesses!
These personalities may include your favorite Kpop idols and Kdrama actors who decide to open their own restaurants and cafes despite their full schedules. And believe it or not, they don’t just ‘own’ the business, they manage it as well and are hands-on with its operations! (Read: Buro: The Philippines’s Own Version of Kimchi)
My Pope is listing some Korean celebrity-owned restaurants and cafes so you can visit them the next time we’re allowed to travel again. Who knows, you might even be lucky and get to meet them in the flesh!
Restaurants Owned by Korean Celebs: Ossu Seiromushi
Address: 30 Baekjegobun-ro 45-gil, Songpa il-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Ossu Seiromushi is a Japanese restaurant in Songpa-gu, Seoul that specializes in steamed Japanese dishes and is owned by Kim Seok Joong. Does that name ring a bell? It probably does, because he is the brother of BTS’s Kim Seok Jin or simply Jin, who co-owns the restaurant as well. The food is pricier than others since they only use premium quality ingredients— but it is a must-go for BTS fans.
Restaurants Owned by Korean Celebs: 89 Mansion
Address: Apgujeong-ro 4-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
89 Mansion is a two-story restaurant-cafe owned by none other than one of the ultimate oppas, Lee Jong Suk. Jong Suk, who has starred in dramas such as W and Pinocchio, has always dreamt of opening his own cafe and was encouraged to do so while filming While You Were Sleeping. (Read: LOOK: These Hallyu-Inspired Items Are a Must-Add to Cart!)
He was also spotted manning the cash register and taking orders a couple of times! They have two signature items: the 89 Latte and 89 Wasabi Cream Pasta. However, because of the pandemic, they had to temporarily close down the cafe. They are hoping to re-open once the pandemic is over.
Restaurants Owned by Korean Celebs: Mouse Rabbit
Address: 1 Neungdong-ro 11-gil, Hwayang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
This aesthetically-pleasing three-story cafe is owned by Super Junior’s Yesung and his brother. The two were very hands-on when it came to planning, designing, and establishing the business— thus the name Mouse Rabbit. (Read: 5 K-Pop Fans Share Why They Support Korean Artists)
The singer was born on the Year of the Mouse, while his brother the Year of the Rabbit. It’s a popular hangout in the area as it is near the Konkuk University Station.