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En Hakkore, Bucktown Korean Spot, Adds Second Location in Wicker Park

By Alisa Hauser | January 6, 2016 1:26pm
 Peter and Faith Park, owners of En Hakkore.
Peter and Faith Park, owners of En Hakkore.
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WICKER PARK —  A cozy Bucktown Korean restaurant that has attracted throngs of loyal customers during its first three years will be adding another location in the former Mondo Meatball along Wicker Park's Milwaukee Avenue.

Peter and Faith Park, the husband-and-wife team behind En Hakkore at 1840 N. Damen Ave., said on Tuesday that if everything goes as planned, they will open a second spot at 1467 N. Milwaukee Ave in mid-February or March.

Peter Park said that the name will likely continue to be En Hakkore, named for a biblical spring that revived an Israelite judge during a fatiguing journey.

"The menu won't be the same as En Hakkore; there will be a lot of new options. We are still working on that," Peter Park said.

Before En Hakkore's debut in January 2013, Peter Park explained the meaning behind the name.

"When Samson was tired, he asked God for help. He regained his strength at En Hakkore. We are hoping people will check it out and get help, strength, joy, whatever the good things are," said Peter Park.

In addition to reminding her of a favorite biblical passage, Faith Park said she likes the last four letters of En Hakkore, because "kore" reminds her of Korea, where the couple is originally from.

The Parks, married for 10 years, previously worked at restaurants in the suburbs before moving to the city. 

Like its existing location, the Wicker Park En Hakkore also will be closed on Sundays, and no alcohol will be served.

The casual counter-service Bucktown restaurant serves paratha tacos, using Indian flatbread, and Korean staple bibimbap, using fresh vegetables, salad, rice, sliced beef, and an egg sunny side up.  Most dishes are under $12.

One Yelp "elite" member, Daniel Y., suggests En Hakkore's sashimi bibimbap.

"It's a nice cross between a traditional Korean bibimbap and a Japanese chirashi bowl. It still has rice, but instead of beef, you get freshly cut sashimi (NOT FISHY) as the "meat."" Daniel Y. posted on Yelp.

 For more updates, visit En Hakkore's Facebook page.

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