Global Korean Fried Chicken Chain Bonchon To Open Location In San Diego's Kearny Mesa

June 13, 2018

With more than 200 locations around the globe, New York-based Korean fried chicken empire Bonchon will open its first San Diego restaurant on Kearny Mesa's Convoy Street later this year.

Founded by Jinduk Seo in South Korea in 2002, the first location of Bonchon opened in Fort Lee, NJ in 2006. Not long after, Bonchon relocated its headquarters to New York City and opened its flagship restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. The franchise now has more than 200 worldwide locations with more than 50 of them in the United States. Bonchon means "my hometown" in Korean and is meant to pay homage to the company’s roots in Busan, South Korea.

Bonchon's menu is centered around Korean-style fried chicken, served with a soy garlic or spicy glaze and garnished with pickled radish. The menu also offers an expansive selection of small and entree-portion Asian fusion dishes, including bulgogi sliders, takoyaki balls, bao buns, bibimbap, japchae, katsu, and bull dak - a mixture of spicy chicken and stir-fried rice cakes with mozzarella and scallions. Owned by franchisee Hosik Bang of 2 HGE Inc., the San Diego branch will take over the space that last housed RB Crawfish Lounge and will also serve beer, wine and soju cocktails in an Asian sports bar environment.

Bonchon will be located at 4690 Convoy Street, Suites 101-102, in San Diego's Kearny Mesa and is expected to open by this fall. Based on the success of the first San Diego location, more outposts may be on the way. For more information, visit