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Tasty K Korean Fried Chicken To Open On Calder Way

Fried chicken lovers, rejoice!

Tasty K, a Korean fried chicken restaurant, is expected to open on Monday, August 21, at 325 E. Calder Way. Tasty K’s CEO and owner, Andy Lee, is a Penn State alum with a passion for cultivating community and culture.

Lee grew up in Korea and moved to the United States when he was 16. Throughout his college search process, Lee was heavily influenced by former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno and the coach’s impact on those around him. Lee quickly realized that because of Paterno’s impression on him, Penn State was the only university he wanted to attend and sent his sole application on its way.

He was ultimately accepted to Penn State Berks and spent his first two years of college playing Division III soccer for the Nittany Lions. Lee then transitioned to University Park and graduated with a degree in marketing two years later.

“So while I was liking football and learning about coach Paterno, he put so much into Penn State,” Lee said. “He really cared about the students as human beings, not just as a sports team. He kind of taught me how to be this person who’s trying to help the community out.”

Because of Paterno’s influence on Lee’s life and character, Lee knew that one day he wanted to create a space where he could share his love of people and food with State College residents and Penn State students. Emboldened by weekly Korean dinners with his soccer teammates during his freshman year, Lee decided that he would run a business that uplifted diversity with a taste of home.

“I saw sports, music, and food bring people from other nationalities together and that moment was beautiful,” Lee said. “My goal is to show there is only one race in the world, and it is a human race and this is how I got inspired.”

Tasty K’s menu will feature three types of Korean fried chicken and the store will operate to-go style. Customers can choose between original, yangnyeom, and galbi chicken. Yangnyeom is sweet and spicy, while galbi is soy-sauce based. Each fried chicken option will be served with white rice to create a traditional Korean chi-bob meal.

With the help of a Penn State student-founded software company, Nuntii, and New and Again Builders & Design, Lee and Tasty K are preparing for a late August opening. Folks can check out Tasty K’s traditional Korean fried chicken dishes beginning Monday, August 21, the first day of the fall semester, on Calder Way behind the Family Clothesline and across from Antifragile Brewing Company.

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Keeley Lamm

Keeley is a junior journalism major from Richmond, Virginia, and is Onward State's managing editor. She also talks about random, fun stuff on our podcast, Podward State. Keeley is a lover of grilled cheese, naps, and Kevin Jonas. If you would like to share your thoughts on the superior Jonas Brother, feel free to contact her on Twitter @keeleylammm or send your best Spotify playlist to her email [email protected].

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