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SBS' 'Late Night Restaurant' May Satisfy Our Hunger For Visual, Culinary Feasts

BY Adrienne Stanley | Jul 02, 2015 02:04 PM EDT

SBS is preparing to satisfy Korea's craving for culinary-focused shows with its upcoming weekend drama, "Late Night Restaurant."

The drama combines the hazy, muted cinematography of "Heard it Through the Grapevine" with the close-up shots of traditional Korean food that has helped to popularize tvN's "Let's Eat" series. While it does not appear to incorporate mukbang or eating-on-camera scenes, "Late Night Restaurant" has the potential to be a visual feast.

The is an adaptation of the 2006 Japanese manga series, "Shinya Shokudo," which yielded a three-season television series and film.

The drama stars veteran actor Kim Seung Woo (IRIS, Athena) as Master, the elusive proprietor and head chef of a restaurant with the unconventional hours of midnight through 7 a.m. The establishment does not abide by a set menu, following the whims of its owner.

Nam Tae Hyun of the popular male group WINNER appears in his second acting role, as Minwoo. Nam recently starred opposite Seo Min Ji in the eight-episode MBC Every1 series, "The Girl at Midnight." He follows WINNER's Kang Seung Yoon as the latest member of the group to be bitten by the acting bug.

The cast also includes Choi Jae Sung, who recently appeared on "Warm and Cozy," in the supporting role of Gun Woo's father.

Directed by Hwang In Roe, the drama promises to approach weekend family series from a different direction.

"Late Night Restaurant" premieres on July 4 on SBS. The series will air on Saturdays.

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About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramastars. She is also a contributing writer for Kpopstarz, MTV Iggy and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).

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