A South Korean restaurant chain has opened its first Michigan location along a major retail corridor in town.
Randell Ganchua opened a franchise of New York-based Bonchon last weekend in Grand Rapids Township, at 2321 E. Beltline Ave. NE, in the Knapp North shopping center, according to Colliers International West Michigan.
“I first experienced Bonchon in New York City, where I fell in love with its real crunchy chicken and decided to bring it here in Grand Rapids,” Ganchua said.
“Bonchon is known around the world for its signature fried chicken, seasoned with soy garlic and spicy sauces, and there’s nothing like it in the Grand Rapids area.”
Bonchon’s menu features a variety of items: lunch specials; signature fried-chicken wings, drumsticks, strips, boneless wings and combos; traditional Korean staples; sandwiches, wraps and tacos; Asian fusion options; sides; and salads.
The location also serves beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.
The restaurant, which offers dine-in and takeout services, is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.
Firms on the project
Grand Rapids-based Pinnacle Construction Group is the owner of the development and was the project’s contractor.
Doug Taatjes and Hillary Taatjes-Woznick of NAI Wisinski of West Michigan represented Pinnacle Construction Group in the lease deal.
Chris Prins of Colliers International West Michigan represented Bonchon in the transaction.
Bonchon was found in Busan, South Korea in 2002 and is now headquartered in New York.
The chain has more than 236 locations in nine countries, including 63 in the U.S., as of July 2017.