Korean street food restaurant Bite of Korea (BOK), run by Gavin Lee and Chloe Jung, is opening as a permanent restaurant in Tucker this summer.
Scheduled to open at Publix’s Hugh Howell Marketplace in September, Bite of Korea should offer a menu similar to a pop-up, including its famous quesadillas bulgogi, Korean soy garlic fried chicken, so-dduk skewers, and Japanese noodles.
The South Koreans were due to open Clairmont Café in a former cafeteria in Atlanta, securing the space at Century Place just a week before the pandemic began in March 2020. Lee and Jung quickly transformed the business into a mobile kitchen, frequently popping up in restaurants. Along Buford Highway and at the Italian Restaurant Manu in Old Forth Ward, as well as at festivals throughout Atlanta.
“This has been the biggest blessing that has ever happened to us, and thanks to the tremendous amount of support and love we have received from our guests, we are finally opening our first stone and mortar in an up and coming area,” Young says in a newspaper release. “We are excited that this will be the first Korean restaurant in Tucker.
The Bite of Korea joins Antico owner Giovanni Di Palma at Hugh Howell Market, who plans to open a small version of a Home Park pizzeria called Antico Sporto there this year. Antico Sporto will offer a smaller menu of Neapolitan-style pizza found at the original Atlanta restaurant.
Also open are locations for Atlanta-based Gusto’s salad and cereal bowls and all-day breakfast and brunch chain First Watch in the Tucker shopping complex.
Atlanta’s pop-up and underground dining scene has become fertile ground for the development of new restaurants over the past five years, including Talat Market and Little Bear, both of which opened permanent locations in Summerhill two years ago.
Many restaurants across the city regularly offer kitchen and dining room space to chefs and culinary entrepreneurs on days when establishments are closing in an effort to offset the cost of rent and other overhead costs or as a way to invest in a more robust Atlanta dining scene. Some popups are even set to keep the restaurant dining room full while regular employees are on vacation.
4650 Hugh Howell Rd, Tucker.