Irvin Seo and Collin Morstein have partnered to create a pop-up brand, Haenyo, centered on Korean cuisine, hosting a mix of informal events open to the public and ticketed pop-up dinners. Haenyo on the Square set to take place at Holy Crepe Café in Canton on May 29 will formally kickoff the dinner series.
Haenyo on the Square will feature three different types of Korean pancakes, seafood, potato and green garlic. Banchan (Korean side dishes), fermented radish soup, lettuce wraps and salad will also be served. The BYOB (bring your own bottle) event will be open to the public and prices will range from $6 to $10.Seo and Morstein met while employed at Parts & Labor in Remington.
Seo will manage the kitchen and handle the menu for each event.
Haenyo is a Korean term for women divers or real-life mermaids of Jeju and Udo islands. The declining profession involves women harvesting various types of seafood, including conch, oysters, octopus and sea urchins.
The next event, a ticketed dinner ($25), is set to take place at the Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen in Washington, D.C. The date and menu have not been finalized, but the founders are leaning toward the “Korea after dark” theme.
Morstein and Seo are striving for at least two events a month and hope to return to Baltimore for another pop-up in June.
Holy Crepe Café
2020 O’Donnel Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21224
Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Compass Rose Bar + Kitchen
1346 T Street
Washington, DC 20009