Photo from last summer for EVG by Stacie Joy
After a year of serving unique Korean-influenced juices, smoothies and small menu items, Stella Pak has decided to close Hi Noona at 515 E. 12th St. between Avenue A and Avenue B.
Pak made the announcement on the shop's Instagram account:
I have the deepest gratitude and love for the beautiful people I've met and the lessons I've learned in this space. My intention with Hi Noona was to explore my identity of what it means to be Korean American through the lens of health and food.Looking back on my explorations, I'm proud to say I've fulfilled that intention and will continue to do so through different expressions.
Moving forward, she'll be working at Noona Noodles, her family's restaurant on West 32nd Street.
In her 12 months on the block, she made a positive impression on those around her. On the Instagram post, she received good wishes from several nearby businesses, including All The Kings Horses Cafe, the East Village Vintage Collective and SLCT Stock NYC, who wrote: "the best neighbors we could ever ask for!"