Restaurant owner receives riot relief from patrons

Restaurant owner receives riot relief from patrons
June 06 19:08 2020 Print This Article

Mama Kim’s owner Kim Brown had her King Street restaurant vandalized during the May 30 Charleston riot. Long-time patrons from The Citadel raised money for repairs and renovations through a Go Fund Me account called Help for Mama Kim’s. The account was created by Citadel rising junior Jackson Jenkins with the goal of raising $1000. A week after the riot, Jenkins handed Brown a check for nearly $17,000.

Brown, a South Korean immigrant, has owned downtown Japanese/Korean restaurants for more than 16 years. It is a popular gathering place for Citadel cadets after their Friday parades and sporting events. The cadets look to Mama Kim as a mother figure, who dispenses wisdom and advice. Many Citadel graduates continue to frequent their beloved restaurant and keep Brown updated on their lives. Brown says, “I absolutely love being around college students.”

Brown has received lots of well-wishes from patrons since the riot. Shortly before the check presentation, a patron came in and handed her flowers. The people of Charleston are all pulling for riot victims to bounce back from the trauma and destruction.