The Dayton area’s first Bibibop restaurant is scheduled to open Dec. 1, a spokeswoman for the Columbus-based casual Korean chain said today. MARK FISHER/STAFF

Bibibop sets opening date for its first Dayton-area restaurant

Bibibop Asian Grill today set its opening date for its first Dayton-area restaurant at 1200 Brown St. near the University of Dayton campus.

The restaurant will open Dec. 1, according to a spokeswoman for the fast-growing Columbus-based chain with a Korean-inspired menu.

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Bibibop officials said earlier the store would hire a crew of about 40. “Now hiring” signs are still on the windows of the restaurant as of today, Nov. 16. Applicants can email or visit

The 3,300-square-foot restaurant will seat about 100. It will occupy two suites, 135 and 140, that are located across a breezeway from an existing Potbelly Sandwiches. The retail strip also includes the new Zombie Dogz restaurant, Fusian Sushi, El Rancho Grande and Smashburger.

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Bibibop was founded in Columbus in 2013 and now operates 10 restaurants in the Columbus and Cincinnati areas, including one in the Liberty Center in Butler County. The distinctive name is derived from the popular Korean dish, “bibimbap,” which translated into “mixed rice.”

Its restaurants operate with a fast-casual, build-your-own service concept similar to Chipotle. Diners choose from purple or white rice for their bowl, or have their dish prepared as a salad or wrap, then select from two types of chicken, beef or tofu, and then top their dish from a variety of vegetables and garnishes, from pickled daikon radish to sesame kale to kimchi.