The re-opening coincides with the recently announced business grants designed to assist businesses in adapting their facilities to outdoor dining amid the COVID-19 crisis

The global pandemic has impacted every community in a substantial way, and in Melbourne, we have all been reeling from the effects just like everyone else. As the restrictions and reality set in, for many months we were wondering when things would return to normal and how we would be able to ever go on as we did before. The silver lining throughout this entire ordeal has been in the spirit of community and how we have utilised our network of contacts to assist other businesses in bouncing back from the brink of COVID-19 and revitalising the city. 

We are ecstatic to report the re-opening of Mrs. Kim’s Grill restaurant in the Carnegie district of Melbourne at 136 Koornang Road with their new outdoor dining space. A collaborative effort from Michael Ong Design Office and Pen to transform the outdoor carpark space to resemble pojangmacha or covered Korean street-side eateries.

Photography by Itsuka Studio.

“The design needed to be purposeful, authentic and accessible. The transformation had to occur quickly to enable the establishment’s doors to open. Two weeks ago, this space was a carpark, and now its atmospheric extension of the iconic restaurant. We did this to support Mrs. Kim’s Grill as they find their feet again.” - Michael Ong, Director MODO

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