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BB.Q Chicken, not Bonchon, to fill Korean fried chicken void in Tysons

The Korean fried chicken chain Bb.q Chicken is planning a restaurant in Tysons (via bb.q Chicken US/Instagram)

Tysons will get a Korean fried chicken restaurant this year, but it’ll no longer be Bonchon.

After getting a tip in January that signage installed at 8603 Westwood Center Drive had been removed, FFXnow was told that the location was still in the works. However, a Bonchon spokesperson has now confirmed that the planned restaurant isn’t moving forward.

Instead, the site is being taken over by bb.q Chicken, another Korean fried chicken chain.

Franchise owner, Ali Sheikh, also operates a location at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, but he has always wanted to open a business in the Tysons and Vienna area, according to bb.q’s marketing team.

“Opening bb.q Chicken…is an exciting venture that brings the authentic flavors of Korean cuisine to this vibrant community,” Sheikh said. “As a dedicated fan of Korean fried chicken, I am thrilled to introduce bb.q Chicken to Vienna, offering residents and visitors a taste of this renowned culinary delight.”

The Tysons restaurant is currently projected to open in October, according to bb.q Chicken.

Founded in Seoul, South Korean, in 1995, bb.q Chicken expanded to the U.S. in 2014 and has become one of the country’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, opening 150 locations nationally and over 3,500 worldwide.

This will be the company’s third location in Fairfax County, joining ones in Centreville and Idylwood just outside of Falls Church. Reston got a bb.q Chicken in 2021, but it appears to have already closed permanently.

With a name that stands for “Best of the Best Quality,” the company touts its fried chicken recipe as authentic to Korean tradition and “on the cutting edge of flavor and quality,” thanks to its Chicken University research and development team.

Flavors include the original golden, soy garlic, galbi, cheesling, wings of fire and more, with spiciness levels varying. In addition to chicken, the menu includes fried rice and ddeok-bokki, a street food made out of fish cakes and rice cakes.

The Tysons bb.q Chicken will serve fully halal chicken and have an automatic beverage machine with non-alcoholic mocktails and other drinks.

“Our restaurant aims to showcase the essence of Korean fried chicken by delivering the perfect blend of crispy, flavorful chicken paired with our signature sauces and seasonings,” Sheikh said. “…We are excited to contribute to Vienna’s diverse food scene and become a go-to destination for Korean fried chicken enthusiasts and anyone seeking a unique and satisfying dining experience.”

For local foodies who remain partial to Bonchon, the chain hasn’t ruled out a Tysons location in the future. It has restaurants in Reston, Fairfax, Springfield and Centreville, though the popular Annandale location remains closed after a massive fire in March.

“I wouldn’t lose total hope,” Bonchon Vice President of Marketing Christina Coy said. “We are looking all over the region for new locations so it’s a matter of whether or not one of our owners finds a spot there.”

Photo via bb.q Chicken US/Instagram