‘Chinese-Korean Alliance’ wok-fry the future of restaurant food
“Chef-inspired concept” is a phrase that many inside the restaurant industry may want to vanquish in 2019. How about chef-driven or chef-managed? This appears to have more purpose and significance. On that point, enter Chiko (Chai-Koh), a three-unit chain, born and bred in Washington, D.C, and expanding nationally (but quietly). Chiko is not just a restaurant, it’s also is a trend at the same time. And it’s growing into a chain, with three locations now open (two in DC and another in Encinitas, Calif.), but doesn’t feel like a chain.