About 929

Karen Choe

Manager

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Karen Choe is a native Georgian who moved to SC 14 years ago. She is a successful Realtor in Columbia and surrounding market for the past five-plus years. Before getting into the real estate business, Karen previously was an owner of a small retail business for 10 plus years. She studied and graduated with the bachelor’s degree in Interior design.
Her passion for bringing a new dining experience to the Vista has been a long-term plan and dream. She is excited to bring her past experiences as a foundation to manage and operate 929 Kitchen & Bar. From the floors to the ceiling, she has put many hours, days, and months into making 929 Kitchen & Bar a special spot for everyone.
She always loved cooking, dining out, and entertaining friends and family. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two beautiful children and traveling with them.

Chef Jin

Head Chef

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Certified executive chef in South Korea.
Owner of Shabu Shabu and specialty noodle restaurants in Korea since 1993.
CEO of chef Korea consulting corporation from 2006-2009.
Chef and General manager of Denny’s
Restaurant for 1.5 years.
Experienced chef of Korean, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine.

Corey Norrell

Bar Manager

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Corey Norrell moved to Columbia 2 years ago from San Francisco as a transfer student to the University of South Carolina. He has worked in the restaurant industry for 6 years in Rhode Island, San Francisco, and now Columbia, SC.  He started his experience in restaurants working in the kitchen at Al Forno in Providence, RI fueling his passion for food and creativity in classic Italian cuisine.  Shorty after, he moved on to bartending which brings his knowledge of cooking to the front of the house.  Prior to restaurants, Corey served in the US Navy for 4 years and traveled to many different countries including South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and even lived in Slovakia for a time.

Corey has always enjoyed cooking for his friends and sharing ideas with others and never afraid to try new things to further his knowledge of food and beverage.
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