Hi Five attracting attention in Guerneville
하이 파이브 opens in Guerneville
For those of you who don’t read Korean, the above translates as Hi Five, which is the name of the new Korean/American restaurant which opened in Pat’s at 16236 Main Street in Guerneville on Saturday, December 1.
The operators are David Blomster, who has a rich background in art and design and is an alumnus of Boon Eat + Drink, and Eugene Birdsall, who learned the art of preparing Korean cuisine from his mother, will also fill the role of chef.
Blomster chose the name intending to present a concept indicative of “a cohesive package.” Says Blomster, the new eatery is a Korean/American Diner “with an emphasis on playful and eclectic combinations, sometimes bordering on silly. The Menu is broken down into 5 categories with 5 items in each. There are 5 menu items called Hi Five X 1 = $5 and 5 menu items called Hi Five X 2 = $10″ and so on.
The Hi Five Surprise (weekly special) will be known as Hi Five x 5, will cost $25 and will be the singular dish offered in that price category.
Blomster explains, “The atmosphere is very casual, the music will be slightly loud, the servers will wear what they want and the menu items will be thoroughly accessible yet deceptively sophisticated.”
Pat’s, popular since 1945 as a place which has a consistently dependable breakfast and lunch menu will remain open and continue as it has, and Hi Five will fill out the day by serving
For those unfamiliar with Pat’s, Blomster describes it as, “an authentic Northern California “50’s” Diner that seats about 70 people. The front has a stainless steel wall and spinning counter stools with four booths. The back has the feeling of a forgotten lodge with wood sided walls, a fireplace and painted antique saws hung without a care for design. Also, connected to the restaurant is a “dive” bar in all of its authenticity.” He is excited about the bountiful “aesthetic contrasts” and about the talents of his partner who has cooked in Sonoma county and Baltimore for the past decade.
Blomster, who managed Boon Eat+Drink for 3 1/2 years, met Birdsall, who also worked there and they’re thrilled to spin off a few doors down and do their own culinary thing.
Among the menu items they offer: Fried Sonoma Brinery Pickles with Sausalito Springs watercress + Kimchi aioli Kimchi pierogies with potato, house made kimchi, cotija and pluot plum sauce A selection of noodle bowls with market vegetables a choice of stock and a choice of tofu, pork belly, OB beer battered shrimp, KFC or hot dog Korean Fried Crack (the other KFC) with vanilla slaw and buttered bread Hi Five Bo Ssam with house made kimchi, butchered garlic, chili peppers, rice, butter leaf lettuce and Ssamjang with a choice of
tofu, pork belly, KFC, LA kalbi or Kurobuta spicy pork.
Blomster and Birdsall are not sure how long Hi-Five’s run will be (Pat’s is currently for sale) but they’ve been busy since they opened and they’re currently in no hurry to relocate.
Winter Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11p.m., and they will be closed Mondays.