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Fast-Expanding Chiko Plans to Open Its First Virginia Location in Shirlington

Plus, Duffy’s Irish Pub is close to opening a Dupont Circle outpost

A crispy fried piece of chicken being dipped into a spicy sauce using metal chopsticks, with another cluster of chicken and vegetables on the side.
“Orange-ish” chicken from Chiko will be available in Arlington later this year
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Chiko, the busy group of casual Chinese-Korean restaurants that started in Capitol Hill four years ago, is close to opening its first Virginia location. Hospitality group the Fried Rice Collective announced yesterday that it plans to welcome customers to a new Arlington shop in the Village at Shirlington by the fall. The restaurant space at 4040 Campbell Avenue last held another spot serving Korean wings, DAK Chicken. Chiko opened a Bethesda, Maryland, shop in January. The Northern Virginia outpost is the company’s fifth restaurant, including branches in Dupont Circle and the San Diego area. According to the announcement from owners Danny Lee and Scott Drewno, the latest Chiko will serve an exclusive fried rice dish and its own dessert in addition to top sellers like “orange-ish” chicken, soy-glazed Wagshal’s brisket, and pork and kimchi potstickers.

In other news ...

  • Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio opened the first location of a new fast-casual brand designed to feed hospital workers, patients, and visitors at the Children’s National Research and Innovation campus in Takoma. Root & Sprig serves bowls, toasts, soups, salads, sandwiches, and coffee. [WaPo]
  • Duffy’s Irish Pub is inviting customers to check out its a new Dupont Circle location at 2153 P Street NW (blocks away from Chiko) on Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. Popville reports the second location of the longstanding sports bar will officially open Wednesday, July 14.