North Oak Cliff will get its own Asian-Korean restaurant in spring 2015 with BB Bop, which has signed a lease for a space on Davis Street, just east of Tyler.
BB Bop is the invention of CBD Provisions chef Greg Bussey, his wife Sandy and Sandy's brother Steve Shin that specializes in bibimbap, the comforting rice dish topped with vegetables, meat and sauces. The trio debuted the concept in 2008; currently there are restaurants open on Greenville Avenue and Lovers Lane, and another is under construction on Lower Greenville near Trader Joe's.
Lower Greenville is expected to open in March, followed by the branch in Oak Cliff.
"We've been wanting to expand for quite a while and have been scouting locations all the way up to Frisco for a year," says Steve Shin. "But we always wanted Oak Cliff, because Sandy and Greg live in Oak Cliff. That's their backyard."
They're taking over a former paint and body shop that's been vacant for a number of years. They'll be across from Oak Cliff Coffee and neighbors with the newly opened Joy Macarons.
"It's a cool spot with a garage door that we'll use," he says. "It's larger than our normal footprint, but we really like the bones. One of the things we like is that it has its own designated parking lot with at least 40 spaces."
Shin says that, while they'll still serve signature dishes such as bibimbap, sandwiches and tacos, they'll be ramping things up in Oak Cliff, including the incorporation of newer culinary developments that have become popular in Korea.
"There's a bunch of interesting food things happening in Korea, including Korean fried chicken," he says. "When Bonchon came in, I was so excited that someone here would be doing Korean fried chicken, but disappointed with their service and operations."
They're also working with designers for a new look.
"A better atmosphere is one of the things we're working on," he says. "It will still be Korean fusion but we'll elevate the experience. We know that Oak Cliff is unique, and we don't want to do something cookie cutter."