BB.Q Chicken restaurant goes big at new Richardson location, which includes karaoke

There’s a new Korean fried chicken place in Richardson, and it’s bigger than you might think.

Danny Doan, the D-FW franchisee for BB.Q Chicken restaurants, opened the location last month, just a little more than a year after he opened his Arlington spot. Richardson’s menu features the brand’s iconic Korean fried chicken, which is brined from 24 to 48 hours and then fried in olive oil. You’ll also see some fusion items on the menu like kimchi quesadillas and kimchi fried rice.

As the saying goes, “go big or go home,” and Doan certainly went big.

The new BB.Q Chicken location is the biggest one in the country and the first to include entertainment, Doan says. The 5,000-square-foot eatery has a full bar and three private karaoke rooms that can be used for a night out with friends, as a private dining space or for corporate events, he says. For comparison, a typical BB.Q Chicken restaurant ranges from 1,500 to 1,800 square feet. The Arlington location, previously the biggest, is 2,500 square feet.

Honey garlic is one of the chicken flavors you'll find at BB.Q Chicken.

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While many restaurants have opened back up at full capacity, BB.Q Chicken is operating at about 65% capacity. For guests uncomfortable about dining inside, Doan suggests renting a private room.

Two of the three rooms can accommodate up to 20 people; the third room is bigger and can fit up to 50 people. All the rooms come equipped with televisions and karaoke machines, and the biggest room has a projector.

“Each room has a unique look to it, for a different experience each time,” Doan says.

The two smaller rooms can be rented for $35 an hour, and the bigger room runs $95 an hour. You can RSVP for a room here.

Three karaoke rooms are available at BB.Q Chicken in Richardson. Three karaoke rooms are available at BB.Q Chicken in Richardson.

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Doan was born in Richardson and is happy to be making one of his dreams reality back home. He says opening multiple BB.Q Chicken locations across D-FW was always part of the plan, but opening such a big place with an entertainment side to it was something he didn’t know he would do until about nine months ago.

“I wanted a challenge, and I wanted a place that’s nice and safe for younger people to hang out at without driving all the way down to downtown,” he says. “It’s a whole different atmosphere, but friendly and safe.”

Customers watch as costumed entertainers make their way through the dining area of BB.Q...Customers watch as costumed entertainers make their way through the dining area of BB.Q Chicken during a grand opening event.

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The coronavirus pandemic caused lots of turmoil in the food industry, and BB.Q Chicken and Doan were no exceptions. His Arlington location opened right before restaurants started to close and reduce indoor dining capacities but managed to get by with pickup orders and adding outside seating for customers.

Now business is thriving, he says.

As for what’s next, Doan says we can expect more BB.Q Chickens popping up around D-FW “very soon” — six more in two years.

BB.Q Chicken is located at 1312 E. Belt Line Road, Richardson.