It's approaching two years since we learned Downtown Grand Rapids would be home to K-Rok, a Korean restaurant/karaoke bar. It's actually been three years in the making. I don't know about you but I was very excited to hear about this and have been anticipating its open. But now, I can't help but wonder, will it ever open?

The concept was created by the owners of Emonae, a Korean BBQ restaurant on 28th St. in Cascade Twp. K-Rok was set to open last March but was delayed by the pandemic. Then they revealed their new grand opening would be this Thursday the 15th, but that's not happening either. They shared the unfortunate news and issued an apology on their Facebook page, revealing staffing and shipping issues put a hinder on things.

They did not announce a new opening date but that reservations would be available "very soon" on their website.

K-Rok is obviously in need of staff so if you or someone you know might be interested they are looking to hire kitchen staff, servers, bartenders, and dishwashers. Part-time and full-time positions are available. E-mail your resume to

The restaurant is located at the Campau Promenade and is Downtown GR's first Korean BBQ & Karaoke bar. You can expect the Korean staples at K-Rok including bulgogi, bimpbap, and galbi. Of course, you always have the option of grilling up your own food on their LED built-in grill.

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As stated in the Facebook post, "it's hard not to overflow with local love," so make sure to support our local businesses, like K-Rok. Plus, we deserve the food and entertainment they want to provide to us!

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