Popular Korean fried chicken joint Dak & Bop to open second location in Timbergrove

Houston Chronicle

Popular Korean fried chicken joint Dak & Bop is heading to Timbergrove.

Owner Jason Cho told Chron.com he is launching the second location of the casual restaurant at 1805 West 18th Street in the space formerly occupied by Italian restaurant, La Vista 101. The first location of Dak & Bop, located at 1801 Binz in the Museum District, opened in 2014.

"I've been looking for a second location for more than a year. I was waiting for the right spot," Cho said.

The second outpost of Dak & Bop, 3,000 square feet, is currently being renovated with a tentative opening date set for mid- to late October, Cho said.

While the restaurant will serve the eatery's signature Korean fried chicken, Cho said the Korean/Asian dishes by inspired Mexican and Spanish cuisines, from carnitas to empanadas, available at the original Dak & Bop will not be on the menu at Timbergrove.

"My inspiration for this location is La Vista. The menu will have Korean/Asian dishes by inspired Italian and European cuisines," Cho said. "It will offer something different yet familiar at the same time."

Cho said recent pop-up menus at Dak & Bop in the Museum District have allowed him to test dishes for the second Heights-area location.

Expect Asian-style pizzas and flatbreads and pasta dishes such as kimchi and bacon carbonara, he said. There will also be a brunch menu and a roster of beers on tap.

"This will be a neighborhood eatery with TVs at the bar and in the dining area, where you can watch sports," Cho said. "I am excited about it."

It will be a busy fall for Cho, who is also the franchise owner of forthcoming Tom N Toms at 5353 West Alabama, slotted to open in December.

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