Korean carryout spot and Mount Pleasant cheap eats institution Adam Express has officially closed. PoPville noted the “for rent” sign on the business this morning, and the landlord, Pete Firippis, tells Y&H that owners Boo Hyang and Bae Hyolyuk gave him the keys to the restaurant last Thursday. “I’m sad and upset,” Firippis says. “I understand, the guy’s 77 or 75 years old, I think, but this business has been there so many years. They’ve been good to the community.”
The owners closed Adam Express after the health department shut it down on May 6 for 13 critical and six noncritical violations, including mouse and rat droppings, spiders in the basement, and the Certified Food Protection Manager sneezing and coughing with discharge from his nose. Neither employee washed their hands during the inspection, and the inspector also reported that the countertops, basement refrigerator, pots and pans, floors, walls, and ceilings were all unclean.
Firippis says as far as he is aware, the owners plan to retire. (Y&H was unable to reach them.) Back in 2011, the restaurant closed for several weeks after Hyang became ill and returned to South Korea for treatment.
The landlord says he plans to clean up the property and try to lease to another restaurant operator. “Might be the same cuisine, or different cuisine,” he says.
Photo by Chris Shott