April 24, 2023
Hanshin Pocha, a popular Korean restaurant chain, had opened its first Bay Area outpost, in Oakland.
Hanshin Pocha, a popular Korean restaurant chain, has opened its first Bay Area outpost, in Oakland.
The restaurant from celebrity chef Baek Jong-won, who has appeared on Korean TV shows like “Paik Jong-won’s Food Truck” and “Paik Jong-won’s Top 3 Chef King,” among others, opened earlier this month.
The restaurant has taken over the former space of local Korean restaurant Bowl’d BBQ, which had been temporarily closed, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. (The Chronicle and SFGATE are both owned by Hearst but have separate newsrooms.)
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A manager at Bowl’d BBQ told the Chronicle that the owners of the local Korean chain decided to convert their existing Temescal restaurant into a franchise location of Hanshin Pocha to pique the interest of the “younger crowd.”
Hanshin Pocha is known for Korean street food. Its most popular dish features sizzling chicken feet flavored by spicy sauce. The menu also offers whole fried chicken, dumplings and more. Chef Baek opened the first Hanshin Pocha location in South Korea back in 1998. Outside of Oakland, Hanshin Pocha also has California locations in Los Angeles.
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