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Kimbap Korean restaurant coming to Seaboard Station
2/14/2013: .

Kim Hunter always knew she wanted to do something with food for a living. Now, she’s finally achieving her goal. Hunter soon will bring the taste of kimchi to downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station through her new restaurant, Kimbap. The menu features Korean-inspired comfort food, including dumplings, rolls and soups. The restaurant is named for a popular Korean dish similar to a sushi roll.

Some know Hunter through her recent work as owner of Sarah Cecilia's Good Food Co., which offered an eclectic mix of tasty lunch options last year at the downtown Raleigh Farmer’s Market and also through the LoMo Market.

“I like feeding people,” says Hunter, who discovered her passion while volunteering at the Raleigh Rescue Mission. "I guess I did know my ultimate goal was to have a restaurant or café, a place where people could come and eat.”

The Korean-born Hunter grew up outside of Detroit, where it was “all about quick, nourishing comfort foods that could easily be expanded to feed any friend or neighbor who stopped by,” she says.

Her later work at the Western Wake Farmers Market inspired her to focus on local and sustainable food. A majority of her ingredients are sustainably grown in North Carolina. She says she's thrilled to bring a blend of all these worlds to the burgeoning downtown Raleigh food scene.

“I feel like each of these places influences what Kimbap will be about: Korean-inspired comfort food made with sustainable North Carolina ingredients,” she says. “I wanted to serve food that I feel really good about serving. Working with farmers, you learn how much work they put into something and you can taste the difference. I feel really appreciative of those local ingredients because I know where it came from, who grew it and how it was grown.”

Kimbap will celebrate her grand opening March 1 in a newly renovated space at Seaboard Station. Hunter was one of the first to sign a lease for the row of brick buildings across from Tyler’s Taproom.

To learn more about the restaurant, call (919) 349-4419 or visit www.kimbapcafe.com.