An unexpectedly huge number of customers showed up on the first opening day of tvN's 'Kang's Kitchen' season 2, causing a domino-effect of issues including traffic obstructions, discomfort and criticism from those waiting in line, and even hazardous situations.
As many of you know, 'Kang's Kitchen' is a supplementary program to tvN's 'New Journey To The West' series. For season 2 of 'Kang's Kitchen', the recently ended 'New Journey To The West 6' cast members including Kang Ho Dong, Lee Soo Geun, Eun Ji Won, Ahn Jae Hyun, WINNER's Song Min Ho, and Block B's P.O will be coming together to open up their very own, temporary restaurant, serving customers with handmade dishes.
On May 4, customers were asked to line up in order to receive a lottery number for entry into 'Kang's Kitchen' between 8:30 - 10:30 AM KST. The staff planned to announce those who were selected in the lottery at 11 AM KST; however, as many as an estimated number of 10,000 customers were seen lining up for a chance to dine at 'Kang's Kitchen'. As a result, the area surrounding the restaurant location in Gyeongju's Namsan-dong suffered from traffic obstructions and a severe shortage of parking lots the entire morning, and the program's staff was of course unable to meet the planned lottery announcement time of 11 AM.
As a result, the cast chose to extend their open hours from simply lunch to both lunch and dinner, and the process of handing out lottery numbers as well as announcing the lottery winners was significantly delayed throughout the day. Finally, after realizing that the long lines and traffic obstructions may cause hazardous situations for visitors and pedestrians, 'Kang's Kitchen' announced that they've decided to opt for an online lottery system starting with their next day of business.
Meanwhile, online accounts have revealed that 'Kang's Kitchen' season 2 will be serving up a brand new menu in their new location of Gyeongju - pizza, pasta, tteokbokki, etc. The program will premiere after currently airing series 'Korean Hostel in Spain' comes to an end.