Phillies Bar is Dead, Long Live Phillies

I just found out that the New Phillies in Haebangchon has been sold and they will be undergoing reconstruction to transform it into a sports bar. If it will keep the name is still yet undetermined. The previous bar was named Phillies, so for the future bar to be called, “The New NEW Phillies” might be a bit ridiculous. The original Phillies, which had its heyday about 5 years ago as a local bar and brunch restaurant, was sold to Y (Yoryang Kim) and another owner. Y bought out the primary owner and has recently sold the bar to an unnamed buyer. Y still owns Jacoby’s, HBC’s burger restaurant. I also learned that Jacoby’s is planning on opening another location in the next year.

Does anyone know what’s going on with Wing Bakery? I heard that its the owner of Gecko’s Bar that started the operation on the main street on the Gyeongnidan side but the shop in Haebangchon, opened and then quickly closed up. Rumor has it that there was problems with equipment.

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Daniel Gray is a Korean adoptee and entrepreneur that returned to Korean in 2005 because he wanted to try and find his birth mother and to learn about Korean culture. He started a restaurant review blog in 2007,, that became a local and international hit. He and his blog has been featured in the New York Times, Monocle Magazine, The Kimchi Chronicles, Bizarre Foods, Rudy Maxa, Olive Magazine, Euronews and much more. He now is a partner at O’ngo Food Communications (, which is a culinary tourism and consulting company that offers Korean cooking classes and restaurant tours to travelers. In 2013, he started Brew 3.14 Pizza Pub. His food tours, cooking classes, and restaurant are ranked as some of the top attractions in Seoul according to the website tripadvisor. He lives in Korea with his wife.

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