KFC on the move
Sizzling Korean fried chicken spot set to close in Lazybrook/ Timbergrove
Korean fried chicken fans in Lazybrook/Timbergrove will have to drive a little farther to satisfy their cravings in 2024. Jason Cho has decided to close his restaurant Dak & Bop on 18th Street, he tells CultureMap.
The 18th Street location will serve its final meals no later than December 31.
While the decision to close the restaurant may surprise diners, Cho says he’s decided to focus on the location of Dak & Bop that he’s opening in the Museum District next month. As CultureMap reported in September, Cho will return to Dak & Bop’s original location in the Parc Binz building (1801 Binz Street) and reoccupy the space that had been home to wine bar City Cellars HTX until it opted to relocate to the East River development.
“Although people enjoyed my 18th Street concept, they really loved what I did at the original location,” Cho adds in a text.
When Cho opened the 18th Street location in early 2020, it featured an innovative menu that supplemented the restaurant’s signature fried chicken with fusion fare that put a Korean spin on Italian dishes such as chicken parmesan and American comfort food like the Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
Of course, the Museum District location’s menu will start with Dak & Bop’s fried chicken. It’s fried twice to ensure each piece is crispy and juicy then tossed in one of nine sauces.
The rest of the menu will be a blend of 18th Street favorites like garlic bread and the spicy dak ramen along with dishes from the original location such as kimchi fries, truffle fries, and baos. In addition, he’s working with Karne Korean Steakhouse chef KP Nam to develop more traditional Korean items that pair well with beer and soju, including dak jjim, mussels, and bo ssam.
More details on Dak & Bop’s return to the Museum District will be released once Cho finalizes the menu and determines an opening date.