Korean Fast-Casual Bibibop Looks To Open Next Week in Bethesda and Pike & Rose

Restaurant will offer free food for its grand opening in North Bethesda


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The former ShopHouse location will become a Bibibop Asian Grill

Joe Zimmermann

Bibibop Asian Grill, a Korean fast-casual chain, is opening its first two stores in the area next week.

The chain will open Monday at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda and on Wednesday in downtown Bethesda, said Andrew Shin, director of marketing for the company.

The Ohio-based chain is taking over the former locations of ShopHouse Asian Kitchen, a Chipotle spinoff that closed in March after failing to generate enough sales. Bibibop then bought the leases to all 15 ShopHouses nationally, more than doubling the number of the chain’s locations.

Bibibop will open another restaurant in downtown Silver Spring this summer, Shin said.

The chain also is planning to open several Washington, D.C., locations and one in Columbia—all former ShopHouses. The next stores to open will be in Dupont Circle and Georgetown in coming weeks.

"We're really excited about it," Shin said. "If everything goes well, we'll open all of them this summer."

Bibibop takes its name from the Korean dish bibimbap meaning “mixed rice,” according to the company’s website. Diners start with a plate of steamed rice and then add a choice of grilled meat or tofu along with vegetables and Asian sauces.

The local Bibibops will serve almost the same menu as the Ohio location, with prices slightly increased for the market. Bowls are $7.65, Shin said. Sides include kimchi and pineapple.

The Pike & Rose location, at 11584 Old Georgetown Road, will hold a grand opening event Monday with free food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Every person in line can receive one free meal.

The Bethesda location is at 4820 Bethesda Ave.

A noodle bowl with various toppings and sauces. Via Bibibop

‚ÄčEditor's note: A previous version of this article stated Bibibop in Pike & Rose would be giving free meals on Tuesday. The promotion is on Monday. The story has also been updated to include more details from the company.

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