National Korean BBQ and hot pot chain opens first Columbus eatery

Jack McLaughlin

While the tail-end of winter is still hanging on here in central Ohio, a new Korean barbecue spot on the city’s northwest side can help you keep the colder weather at bay.

KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot officially opened its sole Columbus location yesterday. The eatery is located at 5240 Bethel Center Mall, in the former home of Buffalo Wild Wings.

The new restaurant offers the interactive, communal experience of hot pot–where ingredients are cooked by diners at their tables–combined with many of the bold flavors of Korean barbecue.


KPOT Korean BBQ initially announced its intention to open a Columbus location last spring. The newly-opened Bethel Center Mall restaurant is the concept’s first location in the state of Ohio, but the fast-growing eatery currently has locations planned for Canton, Dayton and Strongsville, in addition to dozens of operational restaurants across the country.

The concept began in Flushing, New York in 2018.

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