Bonchon, the popular Korean fried chicken chain, is making its Austin-area debut with a location out in Round Rock, off I-35. The Facebook page states that it is “coming soon,” but no specific dates were announced. Eater has reached out for more information; watch this space for updates.
Bonchon is most known for its Korean fried chicken, which is available in wing, drumstick, and strip form. It also serves other Korean specialties and fusion dishes, like bibimbap bowls, rice and fish cakes, katsu, wraps with chicken or bulgogi, and tacos. For drinks, there should be beer.
The Bonchon chain began in South Korea in 2002, followed by its first American location (New Jersey) in 2006. It quickly expanded to over 200 locations across the world. The chain tried its hand in Dallas proper in late 2013, but it closed less than six months later. The only other Texas locations are found in the suburbs of Dallas (The Colony) and Houston (Katy, Sugar Land, and Pear Land).
Austin’s first H Mart will feature Korean fried chicken from San Francisco chef Deuki Hong. Other Austin restaurants serving the regional fried chicken dish are Jang’s Chimac Cafe and Chi’lantro (in chicken wing form).