Santa Clara’s treasured El Camino Mongolian BBQ at 3380 El Camino Real (cross street: Nobili Ave.) will permanently close after Dec. 15. After 17 years of providing delicious food prepared on a grill by chefs, restaurant owner John Seo and his wife, Sunny, will retire. In March, the couple will return to Korea.
“I have many happy memories at my restaurant with my employees, customers and the Santa Clara and San Jose community,” Seo said. “The effects of COVID put a lot of stress and worry on me. I never dealt with this kind of difficulty before in my whole life.
“Even though I’m sad to close the restaurant, I’m happy that I accomplished my American dream,” Seo continued. “I want to say ‘thank you’ to my employees, customers and my wife, Sunny, for being my permanent support.”
According to Seo, since the pandemic began, business has not returned to normal at his restaurant.
“When the doors of the…