Bonchon, the popular Korean fried chicken restaurant concept with 115 U.S. locations, announced today it has signed a franchise agreement to open six locations throughout the area, including locations in Silver Spring, Wheaton, and Bethesda.
Site selection is currently underway, and the first of the six new locations are slated to open by February of 2023, a company representative said to the Source via email.
“Bonchon is already a favorite mealtime destination for residents in Maryland and Washington D.C., so we know that these restaurants will be a great success,” said Greg Buchanan, senior vice president of development at Bonchon. “Building strong relationships with operators dedicated to bringing our special food and culture to more neighborhoods will continue to grow our footprint across the world.”
“Bonchon, which translates from Korean to English as “my hometown,” is known for its signature Korean fried chicken that is hand-battered, double-fried to achieve its signature, crave-worthy crunch,” the company said in a press release. “Every piece of chicken is hand brushed to make each bite perfectly flavorful. Born in Busan, South Korea in 2002, Bonchon’s founder Jinduk Seo dreamed of sharing his favorite flavors with the world. In 2006, U.S. fans were able to Crunch Out Loud with the global sensation as the brand continued to expand across the country.”
Bonchon is the latest addition to a growing list of recent and upcoming restaurant openings in Silver Spring, including J. Hollinger’s, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Underground Pizza Company, Tacosway Mexican Grill, Valenciana Wine Garden, Guavaberry Dominican Restaurant, Flip’d by IHOP, The Breakfast Club, Firepan Korean BBQ, Dunkin/Baskin-Robbins, Dog Haus Biergarten, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Black Lion Café, Willie T’s Seafood Shack/Be Right Burger, Kusshi Ko, Miss Toya’s Creole House, and the Commas food hall at Ellsworth Place.
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