Firepan Korean BBQ Soft Opening Today in Downtown Silver Spring (Really!)

After a false start earlier this week, Firepan Korean BBQ owner Jay Bae says that the restaurant is ready to make its debut in downtown Silver Spring.

Firepan Korean BBQ’s opening has been fraught with pandemic-related delays. The restaurant, located at the former home of Pete’s New Haven Apizza at 962 Wayne Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, had initially targeted a Fall 2021 openingthen delayed to JanuaryApril, May, and AugustThe Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners approved Firepan’s application for a liquor license last year, according to Bethesda Beat.

Firepan’s original location opened in 2019 at Eden Center in Falls Church, Va. The restaurant’s Woodbridge, Va. location, the company’s third, officially opened last week.

According to their website, Firepan’s menu offers a varied menu, of meats, seafood, vegetarian selections like kimchi pancakes, and more adventurous options like beef intestines. “No, it’s not the sophisticate’s choice for Korean barbecue,” Northern Virginia Magazine’s Alice Levitt said in her April 12 review. “But when I’m looking to be served by a friendly team eager to abet some of my most destructive habits, Firepan is my choice.”

The restaurant’s hours are 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday & Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Firepan’s opening is the latest in a slate of fall business openings in downtown Silver Spring, including The Breakfast ClubBlack Lion Café, and Citizens&Culture, as well as the recently-opened Kusshi Sushi and Sashe’s Dominican Beauty Salon & ICU Beauty Bar.

Photo Courtesy of Firepan Korean BBQ

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