Popular food truck K-Bop will move into brick-and-mortar in the Loop next month
Fans of Korean food truck K-Bop will be able to enjoy its food year-round when it opens a brick-and-mortar in the Loop next month. The restaurant announced the expansion on Facebook earlier today. “We’ve always wanted to open a restaurant for the last 5 years of food truck operation,” it said. “Finally we are going to open our first K-Bop restaurant in the Loop and details will be posted when we have some updates!”
Co-owner Hye Keeley said that K-Bop would be moving into 6120 Delmar Blvd., the former space of Guerrilla Street Food. “I heard that Guerrilla was closing their location, so I took two partners to the location. We like the location,” she said. “We always wanted to open in Delmar.”
Hye said that K-Bop should be opening in mid-November and that it will take the food truck’s menu as a starting point, but will also offer new things. The truck primarily served bop cups - rice bowls with vegetables and protein and flavors like sweet teriyaki, sweet and savory, and hot and spicy barbecue. Sides include spicy cucumber kimchi, veggie spring rolls, pork egg rolls and mandu (fried pot stickers).
Co-owners and chefs Yuduck Lee and Tae Lee are working on expanding the menu to include bibimbap and other Korean street food specialities, Hye said.
K-Bop aims to open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, staying open a bit later on weekends so customers can enjoy Korean beers and cocktails. In full occupancy, the space will have about 16 small tables, though Hye predicts having about half of that open next month; the patio will also be open, and carryout will be available.
In the spring, the K-Bop team plans to keep the food truck running in addition to the new spot.
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