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Korean fried chicken restaurant opens in Vienna, replacing Rose Kabob

A Korean fried chicken restaurant based in Centreville has spread its wings to Vienna, adopting a new name in the process.

Oh My Dak quietly opened at 128 Maple Avenue West in late October, according to Min Kim, who operates the eatery with her husband Joseph Kim. It takes the place of Rose Kabob, which closed last November after serving up Persian cuisine for 16 years.

The Kims got into the Korean-style fried chicken business before the dish became a full-blown trend in the U.S. Their first restaurant, Cheogajip Chicken, opened at the Old Centreville Crossing shopping center (13814 Braddock Road) in 2006 — the same year that the chain Bonchon made its American debut.

While Cheogajip is still going strong in Centreville, particularly gaining traction in the area’s Korean community, Min Kim says they wanted to bring their brand of chicken, made with a “special” recipe and sauce, to a new audience.

The couple settled on Vienna as their second location at the suggestion of the owner of Maru Korean Cuisine and Sushi, which happens to be next door to Oh My Dak.

“He’s our friend, so he asked, ‘Why don’t you come to Vienna? Korean fried chicken is very popular these days, so why don’t you try to open a restaurant in this area?” Min told FFXnow. “That’s why we came to here.”

Like Cheogajim, Oh My Dak offers five flavors of fried chicken: original, sweet and mild, hot and spicy, soy and garlic, and a mayonnaise-based supreme sauce. The menu also features specialty dishes, such as tteok bokki (spicy rice cake sticks) and chicken feet, and cup bops, a new addition that mixes chicken with rice, noodles and vegetables.

The restaurant opens 11 a.m., closing at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and at 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’s closed on Tuesdays.

Joseph Kim says Oh My Dak will get a more official grand opening, possibly in December, but right now, it’s still finding its feet and training employees.

“It’s totally different than Centreville, different people, different style,” Min Kim said. “I think Vienna has their own special style.”

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