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‘BBQ in a cup:’ Permits say Korean restaurant will bop to old Thomas Hammer spot

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A permit filed with the City of Boise indicates a new Korean BBQ restuarant could open seen in Downtown Boise.

Cupbop.

The Korean BBQ fast-casual joint already operates two locations in Idaho – in Meridian and in Nampa. They also run a food truck.

Now, a permit filing with the City of Boise shows they hope to open a new store on Boise’s restaurant row in the former Thomas Hammer space. Hammer closed earlier this year.

[‘Cozier:’ Downtown restaurant closed during pandemic plans remodel, menu & drink updates]

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Described as “Korean BBQ in a cup,” Cupbop offers dishes like the B Bop – with Korean-style BBQ beef, rice, cabbage and noodles. Other options include the Mandoo Bop – a Korean pot sticker with rice and noodles, and Ugly Bop – Korean-style fried chicken.

Cupbop started in Utah before expanding to Idaho in 2019.

Cupbop brings an additional fast-casual to the Restaurant Row area of Boise’s 8th Street. Most of the eateries on the strip focus on sitdown service, with a few exceptions like Piehole and Wild Root.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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