The well-known food truck isn’t adding another truck to its fleet. Instead, Korilla BBQ is adding another brick-and-mortar location to its roster.
Owner Edward Song is teaming up with Developer Forest City Ratner Companies to open Korilla BBQ’s first location in Brooklyn. The outpost will be located in Downtown Brooklyn’s MetroTech Center. Korilla’s other two outposts are in the East Village and in Soho.
Having gained fame since its inception years ago, Korilla BBQ specializes in all-natural, reinvented Korean barbecue cuisine. The company has been recognized by its loyal customer base and also by companies like Time Out New York, the Village Voice, and Zagat.
“We’ve redefined what you know about Korean Barbecue,” the Korilla BBQ website reads. “We offer the best quality proteins, kimchi, and vegetables that we can source.”
Despite being NYC-based, Korilla BBQ has a large national footprint. Korilla BBQ has appeared on Sesame Street, Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race and in national publications like Refinery29 and Buzzfeed. The chain also received a 2011 “Rookie of the Year” Vendy Award.
Unlike the East Village location, the Downtown Brooklyn location will include a breakfast menu. Created by Chef Michaelangelo Calvarido, the breakfast menu will include Korean dishes and “fast food” like breakfast burritos and sandwiches.
A Korilla BBQ food truck has served lunch in Downtown Brooklyn weekly since 2015. The brick-and-mortar location is scheduled to open this year, in late spring or early summer.
“As Downtown Brooklyn continues to grow and expand, so is Korilla,” Song said in a statement. “We want to bring a fresh, new concept for our Brooklynites to enjoy.”
Korilla BBQ is one of many restaurants opening in Downtown Brooklyn this year. In 2017, popular NYC restaurants The Wei, Yaso Tangbao, and Black Walnut are all scheduled to open in the same neighborhood.