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Koreole postpones opening

St. Claude's Korean-Creole restaurant and grocery is on hold

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Korean grocery and deli Koreole, scheduled to open on St. Claude Avenue, won't open for a while, says owner Kayti Chung-Williams. She says she is under a doctor's orders to maintain a low-impact lifestyle following radiation treatments she underwent last fall for a spinal cord tumor.

  Chung-Williams and her husband ran the popular Koreole, a Creole and Korean food stand at St. Roch Market. They left that location last year and announced plans to open a brick-and-mortar grocery store and restaurant on St. Claude Avenue.

  The restaurant announced on its Facebook page last week that it had postponed those plans.

  "After much planning and decision making, we ... have decided to halt operations for the time being due to owner Kayti Williams' health," the statement said. "We were very excited and much anticipating serving our faithful and wonderful customers and community, but we realize that there is a time for everything."

  Chung-Williams says she hopes to resume plans for the concept in the future.

  "We're definitely sad and have been processing through this transition, but we are hopeful this is not the end of Koreole," Chung-Williams said in an email.

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