BIBIBOP’S FORBIDDEN Rice Bowls now Available in Five States

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BIBIBOP's opening in the Mall in Columbia completes the chain's takeover over of Chipotle's shuttered ShopHouse locations. According to Andrew Shin, Vice President of Marketing, BIBIBOP has doubled in size in the past 6 months and the customer response in each new market has been awesome.

Inspired by the popular Korean dish Bibimbap (meaning mixed rice), BIBIBOP blends bold Asian flavors with American classics. Stand-outs include spicy chicken, organic tofu, sesame kale and kimchi, and BIBIBOP’s signature purple “Forbidden” rice – an ancient Chinese grain so packed with nutrients, it was thought to have “healing powers” and was reserved only for royalty and “forbidden” to the rest.

You won’t find any freezers, fryers or microwaves at BIBIBOP. From the freshly steamed rice to the chopped romaine lettuce and home-made Miso soup (free to all guests), everything is chopped, sliced, diced and grilled onsite.

The first BIBIBOP Asian Grill opened in Columbus, Ohio in 2013 as the brainchild of Charley Shin -founder & CEO of Charleys Philly Steaks. After successfully launching hundreds of Philly Steak franchises around the world, Shin returned to his roots and was inspired to share the bold flavors and nutrient-packed dishes of his native South Korea to his American hometown. There are currently 26 locations in five states including California, Illinois, Ohio, Maryland and Washington DC.


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Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson

Sarah is a financial reporter, focusing on technology, national security, and policing. Before joining Daily Telescope she worked as a staff writer at Fast Company and spent two years as a foreign correspondent in Turkey. Her work has been published in Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Vice News, Motherboard, and many other outlets.
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