Kimchi Smoke won't be returning to Bergenfield after all.
The popular BBQ shop owned by award-winning chef Robert Austin Cho first opened in Bergenfield. The shop relocated the following year to its current Westwood location.
Construction on a second store at Fosters Village was set to begin in March, but those plans were put on hold in March due to COVID-19.
"There was a time, I thought I was going to close during the pandemic," Cho said in a Facebook post. "But I kept going not knowing what would happen."
Cho on Thursday announced plans for the new Bergenfield store have been cancelled, and Foster Village won't be getting a Kimchi Smoke.
Cho's Westwood location remains open for pickup and delivery through online ordering only.
"Let’s keep pushing," Cho said. "Keep supporting small business. #letsgowestwood."
Kimchi Smoke, 301 Center Ave., Westwood
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