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Guise: this month has been the most exciting month of Eatyourkimchi Studio’s existence. We’re opening up a coffee shop, right here in Hongdae, right beside our studio. Come, grab a seat, and we’ll tell you everything we know and all the heart and the feels that went into the planning of this place.

We’ve been working on this for months now, discussing ideas, hunting locations, talking about shop names, the look and feel of the place, the menu…the everything! Many of you know how passionate we are about coffee (and how much we drink), and you’ve heard us talking about our dreams to open up our own shop in the future as well. But that idea was distant future for us. We thought that we’d do that when we’re older, in our late 50s, and not sprightly enough to make awkward jokes on the internet. It was a pipe dream, and so we’re totally amazed that this is happening decades before our plan.

We’re partnering up with Hyunwoo and the TalkToMeInKorean crew. We’re all youtubers, we’re all into promoting Korea, and we’re all into coffee shop culture. We’ve spoken a lot about how awesome it would be to open up a coffee shop that would incorporate good coffee, homemade healthy baked goods, and a great atmosphere for both visitors to Korea and Korean people.

On top of that, we like what the Talk To Me In Korean crew do. They’re good people. We’ve spoken with lots of other businesses in Korea, some multi-million dollar companies, and they’re bad, bad. Evil bad. We never get that feeling with Hyunwoo. Whenever we do anything together we feel nothing but “goddamn that guy is a good person.” We couldn’t be happier working together with him and his crew!

We also know that lots of people want to visit the Eatyourkimchi Nasty Studio, but it’s a really difficult and impractical location. There’s a gate at the third floor that we can’t hear the ringing to, because there’s no bell. There is an office below us that understandably doesn’t want people socializing during their work hours. And now the club owners in the basement put a gate at the first floor as well. It’s impossible for any of you Nasties to stop by as a result, and that sucks!

Having a coffee shop that’s close to the studio, then, is a perfect solution. We can meet up with people there! It’s not impossible to get to! Gandalf isn’t sitting at the stairs saying “UUUU SHALLL NOT PASSSSS” We’re thinking of doing lots of events in the coffee shop including maybe live chats!

So in order to get this dream going, we have an investor who’s funding the development of the coffee shop and who believes in Hyunwoo’s and our shared vision. Otherwise, again, this is something we would have had to wait decades for. He’s actually a good friend of Hyunwoo’s already, which makes us really happy, because it’s not a shady person trying to take advantage of us. It’s someone who likes what we do, and wants to help see where we can go with this next.

We’re thinking about what we can do with this coffee shop as well. We’d love to shoot videos there, would love to see you there in our videos, too. So, no, this doesn’t mean that we’re stopping Eatyourkimchi videos and focusing entirely on this. This isn’t a replacement of Eatyourkimchi; it’s just a new branch, one that we think goes well with those of you we’d love to be able to see but can’t see. We were flabbergasted at how supportive you all were when we had the Studio Pop Up Store event, so we think that you’d like to come to this place as well. Martina has been working on the menu for months now and she’ll even be in the kitchen making healthy homemade baked goods. You know you want to try her cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and loaves!

We do know, though, that our schedules are going to be a bit hectic now that we’re starting this new dream of ours, but we’re doing our best to film things in advance so that we can stay up to date with our videos as much as possible. You might remember how scattered things were when we were building the studio at the end of 2012, and how some videos just never got made because we were picking the tiling and the paint. We’re hoping that this won’t be the case this time, but if it does happen, we hope you’ll forgive us.

We are going to try to keep you updated on things as well, with videos of the studio development, construction, and whatnot. We’re still debating what name we should go for, how we should decorate it, and all that. We’ll let you know as things advance! We’re just happy to finally have found a place after, really, six months in the works. Woohoo!

Side note: Dongho, if you’re reading this (and I know you probably are) do you know how to either bake or to make coffee? If so, we’d love to talk. Just saying ;)

We’ve got some bloopers from the hunt as well. Check em out if you feel like a few extra lols:

 

You can also check out Talk To Me in Korean’s Announcement Video and read their blog post as well. Yay!

So, yeah! That’s it for now! Click on the subscribe button below so you can keep up to date with what’s happening. We’re also trying to think of a way to have something special on the menu for YouTube subscribers. Gotta figure out how to do that. Till then, make sure you click on this pretty button right here:

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  1. omg you guys i’m so excited i really REALLY want to come do you think you can tell about an oppening date or an approximate one? i’ll be going to japan in september and if your coffee shop is open by then i am coming to skorea like NO DOUBT please pleaaaaaaase tell me if you think you’ll be open by then, if not, please tell anyways so i can stop dreaming of meeting you guys ; U;

  2. It’d be so cool if you could name the snacks or drinks after songs or K-pop groups because it’d be funny to see people trying to order drinks. For ex. “I would like to order two U-Kiss’ and one T-ara.” It’d be weird and funny and would help with spreading Kpop around. xD

  3. WOW, next time we’re visiting my in-laws, most likely next year, we’ll definitely stop by! How exciting is that! We looove EYK, we love our coffee, and while Sydney does not have a particularly awesome internet connection (as you have experienced) it definitely has wicked coffee, so we are gonna be ready for some espresso deliciousness and yummy pastry. But most of all meeting other Nasties and you guys! The building looks awesome already, can’t wait to see it when it is done!

  4. this ONE video literally pushed my inspiration to go to korea to visit the EYK studio and now the coffee shop as well!!! =D Im so excited to meet both the EYK Crew and the TTMIK Crew and thank you both so much for the experiences and knowledge you both have shared! As a birthday gift to myself Ive taken the chance to ask for a week vacation so far in advanced and my manager knew of my great interests in korea and how I got so much more passionate about going because of EYK that I was already pre-approved! Its so exciting to think that I might be actually going to the EYK+TTMIK Coffee shop and visiting all those delicious FAPFAP locations in my week stay there ;D Ill be feeling all Nasty and Caffinated by the time I come back! =D Cant wait!

  5. I am so excited! Just in time for me to study abroad. When i land this is the first place I want to go!
    Plus I love you guys and TMIK! Definitely keep us posted!

  6. Im going to Korea beginning of July, hopefully it’s open by them. Pleaseeeee

  7. They are hoping for it to be opened sometime in July. But they do have a busy summer so I would just keep checking their twitter @eatyourkimchi to keep updated with any changes.

  8. OMG!!! I’m so excited for you guise!!! I, too, have a similar dream of opening my own cafe ^v^ only my concept was to have the cafe to function as an art gallery/live music place from art and music students in my area ^^ (ooh, now you’ll have extra space for your beautiful fan art stuff! Oh and maybe have like surprise gigs from the awesome kpop & indie music ppl that you interview!!! gah!!! the excitement is catching!!) and like you, its something that I had thought can only happen when much more I’m older, too… That’s why I am so stoked for your team, that you guise are able to do it earlier than you had thought!!! I know it will be a lot of hard work but it’s clearly seen from your videos that you all have the passion and have this wonderful vision for it ^=^ It’s so inspiring to see that you guise are doing what you can to go after your dreams!!! All the best to your team and I really hope that I can visit you cafe soon!!!

  9. Omg the place is so pretty !!!
    Hopefully i will get to visit the coffee shop when i visit Korea :D

  10. Simon and Martina…. I am so incredibly happy for you guys. I’ve been watching your videos since 2008, and have seen you go from casual vloggers to full time vloggers, and now you guys are opening up your own business. I know it sounds kinda weird, but I feel like I’ve watched you guys grow up in the time that eatyourkimchi had grown. I hope that at some point I can come to Korea and tell you two how much your videos have meant to me these past years and finally get to hang out with you (cuz I feel like you would be super fun to be friends with). Congratulations, and I hope the coffee shop is a giant success.

  11. you should have spudgy themed cups and plates and when people want a special be like do you want the meemersworth special or the royal spudgy special. THAT WOULD BE COOL~!!!!

  12. You are building a cafe so your fans can meet and hangout. You are literally building a fan cafe!
    …I think I am fan-girling over a coffee shop.

  13. Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if you guys put up a pinboard or just used a wall to put up pictures of Engrish fans find? I always found the engrish challenges in you wanks funny, and it would be a perfect spot to put the daddy poem.

  14. They’ve put notes to Dongho at the bottom of several of their blog posts ever since it was announced he was leaving U-KISS. I think the joke is that that they’re giving him other career options — who better to have working at EYK than an ex-idol?

  15. WAAAAHHHH it’s Hyunwoo from TTMIK! I totally had no idea you guys were friends but I really should have expected it XD I love his website, It’s by far the best website to learn Korean off of.
    Anyway, congrats on the shop guys, can’t wait to hear more! Good luck with everything and if I ever have the pleasure of visiting Korea I will be sure to stop by :)

  16. I move to Seoul in January, ’bout to be there all day, eerryyy day!

  17. What a perfect collaboration between you two and TTMIK!!! Exciting, can’t wait to see it unfold.

  18. There should be a secret menu for us Nasties and TTMIK fans.

  19. Martina might have thought of this already but you guys should name some menu items after Music Monday characters.
    Have a Mordney Special that’s only available during the vampire hours.

  20. This is soo exciting! ~I’m planing a trip to Korea, NOW~ oh, and there should be a wall where customers & fans can sign their names! Congrats, guise!

  21. OMG!! Congrats you guy!! I am so proud of you guys and look forward to the reveal of the coffee shop. I don’t have a name for it yet that I would like to add to the collection for choices to consider, but I do want to say that please, please, please!!! Keep the for My Daddy sign in some way in the shop. How about as a blurb on the menu somewhere on the front or back cover? Or on the wait staff aprons? I think it would be really, really cool! Also if the neighborhood allows, how about doing a unplugged small event were artist can come in and do their songs unplugged in a simple coffee shop setting. You guys could film it and if possible we would pay for DVD copies of the event?

    Just an idea to toss into the ring of many, but no matter what you guys do, keep it up and congrats again!!

  22. What about “Talk to me….Coffee and tea” lol. Congratulations on the big news. Good luck with the planning. I am excited to see the final product. :)

  23. I’m so definitely going there, EYK and TalkToMeinKorea you guys are amazing, you make me more and more excited to go to Korea! The korean gouvernment should hire you to promte South-Korea!!! Love it, so excited good luck with everything and hopefuly see you soon!!!!!!^^

  24. I’m coming in to Korea in June and hopefully by then I would be able to visit it, and that would be where I take my daily coffee and weekend coffee and anytime coffee!! (waiting for some hot/cute waiters (coffee prince 2) maybe?) :D

  25. Dongho! Haha yess… Idols’ new retirement plan: Join the EYK crew and serves coffee

  26. Congratulations! From a coffee addict who has always dreamt of having their own coffee shop, I am so excited for you!!!

    If you want to meld Talk To Me In Korean and Eat Your Kimchi, you should call the shop Kitty Me ( with a K left over). Even though I’m sure you will go with a Korean name, the two companies make the word ‘kitty’!

  27. Can you guys make vegan options too?~
    Pretty please if it ain’t too much trouble ~

  28. You must frame that daddy poem!
    You guys should call it ”Eat Your Korean ” or ”K-Nasty Eats” or ”Nasty K-Talk” !

  29. O my, now I really have a reason to go to Korea again this year :D

  30. Oh my God! Congratulations! XD
    This coffee shop should be name after Awesomeness. XD

  31. omg haha i saw TTMIK’s update and i was like “cool a coffee shop!” and then you had the same announcement and i was “hmmmmm is this a trend now?” and It’s actually you both collaborating! awesome!

  32. Oh my goodness! I’m so happy for you guys! I hope you’re not too busy, though. I grew up with parents who owned a bakery, and since then I’ve worked in quite a few cafes and coffeeshops, so I know the amount of time and effort goes into a nice place. I look forward to seeing what you do!
    I’m not too far away, just over in Wonju (Gangwon-do), so I’ll be sure to stop by when I visit Seoul~

  33. I had an idea for the name: “Talk to me and eat your pastry” or something along those lines combining the words Talk and Eat.

  34. SPAZZ!!!!!!!!!!!! You guys (EYK and TTMIK) are my life dream! not only surviving but thriving in Seoul, in Korea. Is the thing I want to do the most! I’ve spent a year here in Busan learning Korean and the lifestyle here and though I have to return to Canada to finish my University degree soon I really want to come back and make a home here :) (though preferably closer to Seoul) This is such a great thing for not only you but for HyunWoo and the TTMIK gang as well. I always felt like If I had spent my year abroad in Seoul instead of Busan I would have maybe come to actually know you guys outside of youtube and I hope that If I return to Korea maybe I can spend time at this cafe and finally meet everyone! This is a great accomplishment and I cannot wait to see everything! I wish you the best of luck and will be sending you good vibes from wherever I am, be it Busan or Canada. :)

    P.S. I think there should be like a Canadian themed treat… like maple cookies or something… that would be kick ass.
    P.P.S. I don’t quite know what to suggest for the name but i think it would be appropriate to reference how both TTMIK and EYK allow Korean lovers to be together. Because of you we can connect. We Are One… kkkk ( exo reference not intended :P )

  35. I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS! You guys are the best and I’m so happy to hear people are living out their dreams. I love decorating stuff so I know how happy Martina must be :) My current life sucks, because, well, I’m letting it be this way. You guys are good role models. I’ve been watching your stuff since 2011 and even though I’m not as interested in K-Pop as I used to be when I started watching you guys (Pokemon ruined my life) I always look forward to your videos and in a way see you guys as the older siblings I never had. You guys give me hope. I really am truly happy for you and the people over at Talk to Me in Korean. Good luck :) (sending positive vibes)

  36. please please please keep it all smoke freeeeeee!!!!!! I want a patio i can enjoy and not breath toxic second hand smoke, please~~~~~~~

  37. AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH SO EXCITED!!!!!!! This is awesome news guise!!! So awesome!!!! Congratulations on this awesome new adventure!!! I look forward to one day coming there. ^^

  38. The sign must stay! It should be the almighty sign that tourists take photos with for the ultimate engrish!

  39. “Aayyyy gurl, can I buy you a drink” finally has a setting where it can be used :D

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