Fast casual Korean restaurant Oma Bap, which specializes in customizable bibimbap, will open a location on Capitol Hill next month near Cal Anderson Park. Oma Bap was born in Bellevue in 2011 and relocated to the Central District in 2014. Owner Peter Pak says his current timeline for the opening is early October.
The new restaurant (1640 11th Ave) will retain the Central District’s format, which lets customers choose a base of rice, noodles, or salad. From there, they can add vegetables, meat like short ribs or pork belly, and toppings like kimchi, pickled radishes, sesame seeds, a fried egg, and sauce. The restaurant also offers five pre-developed bowl options.
The Capitol Hill restaurant will serve a few new dishes like sliders, rice cake skewers, Korean pancakes, fried chicken, and Korean beer and wine. There will also be a new option to switch out rice for cauliflower rice. Pak says he may add a grab-and-go section, too.
Pak says over the past few years, the company’s catering business has grown significantly, but this new location will allow him to refocus on the retail aspect of the enterprise.