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International Korean fried chicken chain opening first Columbus location

International Korean fried chicken chain opening first Columbus location

Jack McLaughlin

An internationally-popular Korean fried chicken chain is spreading its wings.

The restaurant concept bb.q Chicken will open its first-ever Ohio restaurant soon. The eatery, will be located 17 E. Lane St., in the University District.

An opening date hasn’t been announced yet, but according to franchisees, bb.q Chicken will likely open sometime next month.


The eatery’s name stands for “best of the best quality chicken,” and its menu consists of crispy Korean fried chicken tossed in a wide variety of sauces, like Honey Garlic, Spicy Galbi and Gangnam Style, a black pepper-based sauce complimented by onions and garlic.

Additional menu items include several Korean rice dishes and a variety of appetizers, such as Fried Dumplings and fries dusted in a cheese medley seasoning. The eatery will also feature a bar offering the traditional Korean drink soju and a variety of Korean cocktails.

The new Columbus location will be owned by several partners, including Anne and Chul Kim, the owners of Diaspora, a Korean restaurant located next door to bb.q Chicken, at 2118 N. High St. 

The fried chicken chain was opened in Seoul, South Korea in 1995 by Yoon Hong-Guen. Bb.q Chicken came to America in 2014, and today boasts stores across the country, although none yet in Ohio.

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