Denver resident Henry Lee missed his favorite Korean fried chicken so much he decided to bring it to Denver. The Microsoft employee is opening his first restaurants and Denver’s first outposts of Bonchon Chicken, starting later this summer in Stapleton’s Northfield development. Bonchon will debut at 8302 Northfield Boulevard, Suite 1590, sometime next month.
The franchise sells made-to-order crispy wings and drumsticks coated in a soy garlic or spicy sauce, with sides such as pickled radish and kimchi, and more plates such as pork buns, bulgogi, and bibimbap. Bonchon is based in New York with more than 200 locations around the world. Lee first discovered the brand while living in Los Angeles: “Then I moved to Denver, and I was just craving it so bad that I actually opened it,” he says. His Denver Bonchon menu includes alcohol, with $3 craft beer and $4 cocktail specials during evening and late-night happy hours.
Following the Stapleton opening, Lee will be scouting other Denver locations for his second Bonchon store. Other new Korean fried chicken options around town include Injoi Korean Kitchen in Zeppelin Station and Angry Chicken on Havana Street.