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Former Michelin-starred chefs set to return in a more casual food project

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Michael and Meichih Kim, two former chefs of the Michelin-starred Maum in Palo Alto, are set to return with a more casual project in a food hall in downtown Los Altos.

According to Palo Alto Online, the couple parted ways with Maum after complications with operating with coronavirus restrictions.

At the time of their departure in August of last year, the restaurant’s newsletter stated “as [Maum] continues to learn more about operating during this pandemic, we have been forced to go in a different direction to try and achieve sustainability under these unpredictable circumstances. With this change, we will be parting ways with Chefs Michael & Meichih Kim.”

In an article by the San Francisco Chronicle, it was revealed that the couple are now set to open a restaurant this summer at State Street Market at 160 and 170 State St.

“We’ve always wanted to do something a little more casual, a little more for everybody,” Michael said in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s been an eye-opening time for us. We have new ideas, renewed energy and renewed passion for the industry.”

The original plans for the market include a ramen bar, an ice cream shop a teaching kitchen and meeting rooms. However, the restaurant’s spokesperson stated that the lineup has since evolved.

Although the two chefs come from a Michelin-starred background, this new project is set to be more “approachable.”

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