Grand Central Market (GCM) welcomed two new tenants this weekend, according to an announcement Monday. Shiku, a mom and pop homestyle Korean restaurant from the Baroo team, and The Juice, a female and BIPOC-owned cold-pressed, raw and organic beverage bar, are now operating out of the historic dining destination, at 317 S. Broadway.
Envisioned by Kwang Uh and Mina Park, the team behind the nationally acclaimed Baroo and Baroo Canteen, Shiku serves classic Korean fare inspired by “doshirak,” or lunchboxes, as Uh and Park enjoyed eating as children — dishes prepared for them by their moms.
“We are honored to open Shiku in historic Grand Central Market,” the duo said in a prepared statement. “The Market energy reminds us of the sijang or markets in Korea. The diversity of what’s on offer is inspiring to us, and it’s a nice feeling that when we tell our family in Korea that we’ve opened a restaurant in Grand Central Market, most people have heard of it. We look forward to the years ahead as part of the GCM family.”
Shiku is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. serving diners the choice of LA Galbi (grilled soy-marinated short rib, $15), Temple Tangsu (vegan Korean fried pyogo mushroom and tofu, $12), Ssamjang Pork Belly (roasted, slightly spicy ssamjang-marinated pork belly, $13), Maekjuk Chicken (grilled doenjang-marinated chicken, $11) and a Shiku Combo (all 3 meats, $16) served with white rice and a rotating selection of three daily banchan. The menu also includes snacks such as Korean Fried Chicken, Gamchil-spiced French Fries, and a selection of Baroo Pantry items like Baroo Pickles (pineapple kimchi, red onion, rose, passionfruit kraut), Baroo Yak Gocchujang (beef, gochujang condiment), and Baroo Mat Ganjang (seasoned soy sauce), alongside other premium Korean ingredients & beverages available for purchase.
The Juice, opened by Melissa Cronkhite and Elizabeth Halpern, offers a core line-up of juices, milk, wellness shots, and smoothie bowls that are raw, organic, unpasteurized, and cold-pressed. Some of The Juice’s signature juice offerings include #16 (orange, beet, ginger, turmeric), #8 (green apple, pineapple, cucumber, mint, parsley), and #11 (blueberry, cranberry, apple, kale). Milk options like the Coconut Boost Coffee (cold-brew coffee, coconut milk, coconut butter, MCT oil, cacao), Golden Milk (cashew, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, chia seeds), and Green Milk (cashews, kale, coconut cream, dates, vanilla, sea salt) round out the menu.
“For us, Grand Central Market embodies the very soul of L.A.,” Halpern and Cronkhite said. “GCM houses the warmth and familiarity of classic L.A. culture and grub along with fresh, new concepts in what Angelenos are eating. We are honored to become a part of this monumental establishment.” The Juice is open Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.