DC’s CHIKO restaurant is opening a Bethesda location

From left to right: Scott Drewno, Danny Lee and Andrew Kim are the founders of CHIKO, which is opening a new location in Bethesda, Maryland. (Courtesy Fried Rice Collective)
CHIKO is a fusion of Chinese and Korean cuisine. Its first location, in Capitol Hill, won the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Casual Restaurant of the Year. (Courtesy Fried Rice Collective)
CHIKO is a fusion of Chinese and Korean cuisine. Its first location, in Capitol Hill, won the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Casual Restaurant of the Year. (Courtesy Fried Rice Collective)
CHIKO is a fusion of Chinese and Korean cuisine. Its first location, in Capitol Hill, won the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Casual Restaurant of the Year. (Courtesy Fried Rice Collective)
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CHIKO, the popular Chinese/Korean restaurant whose Capitol Hill location won the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington’s Casual Restaurant of the Year award last month, will open its first location outside of the District in Bethesda, Maryland.

The restaurant will replace Italian restaurant Prima, at 7280 Woodmont Avenue, in Federal Realty’s Bethesda Row. Prima closed in April.

CHIKO comes from founders Andrew Kim, chef Danny Lee and chef Scott Drewno, whose Fried Rice Collective also runs Dupont Circle Korean restaurant Anju.

The first CHIKO opened in Capitol Hill in 2017. A Dupont Circle location opened a year later.

Like its two D.C. locations, the Bethesda Chiko won’t be particularly large, at about 1,500 square feet with 40 seats. Interior renovations are underway, and it is expected to open by December.

“CHIKO has an incredible reputation and a loyal following in D.C., said Stuart Biel, senior vice president at Federal Realty. “We are looking forward to adding yet another quality food option to Bethesda Row.”

It is the second restaurant announcement for Bethesda Row this week.

Chef Jose Andres is converting the Bethesda location of his tapas chain Jaleo into Spanish Diner, the second location for the casual Spanish restaurant that Andres opened last year in Manhattan as part of his Think Food Group’s Mercado Little Spain food hall, in the Hudson Yards development.

Spanish Diner is expected to open next spring.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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