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Old 10-27-2013, 06:48 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I heard that Doraville used to be a bustling Asian town. Now it's just a wasteland with empty commercial space everywhere! And I heard all the Koreans moved up to Duluth.

What happened?

Even if Koreans move out of an area, I know the Koreatown usually remains (Annandale, VA and 32nd Street in New York or even Koreatown in Los Angeles are examples). But it looks like all the businesses just packed up and left!
I was driving through a couple of months ago, and I agree it really does look blighted. I'm unclear exactly where Doraville turns to Chamblee, but it all looked about the same to me. I think they need a Starbucks; that would fix everything right up lol.
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Old 10-27-2013, 07:21 AM
 
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Easy answer: 20 something Korean kids. They're trying to cash in on how popular the bakery/coffee houses are in the area.
The Korean bakeries are very high quality and the offerings are much less sweet than doughnuts. Krispy Kreme is rolling out their new design, Roswell got one too.

In related news a Sweet Hut is coming to Midtown. I'd love to see more successful Buford Highway businesses open intown locations.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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The Korean bakeries are very high quality and the offerings are much less sweet than doughnuts. Krispy Kreme is rolling out their new design, Roswell got one too.
Oh, yeah, they aren't going to put a dent in the Korean/Mexican/Chinese market in area. LOL

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In related news a Sweet Hut is coming to Midtown. I'd love to see more successful Buford Highway businesses open intown locations.
So excited for this! I've been kicking around the idea of moving back to Midtown for a while now, but I've held back due having better proximity to the restaurants and groceries of Buford Highway. If this becomes a trend for other popular restaurants in the area, it's as good as done for me.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:30 PM
 
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I like the ethnic offerings on Buford Hwy, too, but I really can't see Korean bakeries every appealing to Americans.

The products they make are very expensive and mostly devoid of taste, certainly completely lacking in sweetness. It seems like few cultures like their desserts as sweet as Americans do. These establishments do very well serving their demographics, but I just don't see American palettes accepting Korean desserts any time soon.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:04 AM
 
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I like the ethnic offerings on Buford Hwy, too, but I really can't see Korean bakeries every appealing to Americans.

The products they make are very expensive and mostly devoid of taste, certainly completely lacking in sweetness. It seems like few cultures like their desserts as sweet as Americans do. These establishments do very well serving their demographics, but I just don't see American palettes accepting Korean desserts any time soon.
I've only been happy once or twice out of probably seven or eight times at them. Some items are great but barely sweetened red bean paste in a dinner roll is unforgivable.
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Old 10-29-2013, 06:17 AM
 
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It seems funny that I called those places high quality them stated my dissatisfaction. Price is important though and those places make Starbucks look like Dunkin Donuts. White Windmill has these thin, crispy cookies that taste like heaven but still felt like a sucker for paying as much as I did.
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