February 22, By Christian Murray
The owner of a Korean fried chicken restaurant in Sunnyside has decided to open another establishment by the same name in Astoria adjacent to the Astoria-Ditmars Blvd station.
Julie Kim, the owner of Pelicana Chicken, opened her Sunnyside venue at 47-08 Greenpoint Avenue about six months ago and now aims to have the Astoria location open by the end of summer.
The Astoria establishment, which will be located at 22-56 31st St., will mark the fourth Pelicana Chicken to open in the United States, with Kim as the exclusive master franchiser in the United States. She has opened restaurants in Sunnyside, Flushing and the Palisades Park in New Jersey within the last 3 years.
Pelicana is headquartered in South Korea where there are more than 2,000 chain stores.
Despite the company’s recent American growth, Kim says she wants customers to know she is actively monitoring quality control at every location, and is even updating the menu in Sunnyside to reflect feedback that she has received from local diners.
The restaurant is best known for offering more than 50 possible combinations of flavored chicken. It is also known for its crispy, boneless chicken.
“We want to make sure that we keep all the dishes that guests love, but also add new items that locals will enjoy,” said Kim.
The restaurant has just added several items to the menu including Peli Rice Bbokki (pronounced po-ki), a hot pot that includes ham, noodles, dumplings, eggs, fried rolls, cheese, and vegetables, along with adjustable levels of spice.
Other new items include Soy Dumplings and Cream Corn Dumplings, which the owner said is often requested.
The restaurant has also added all-natural fruit sorbets for dessert.
Another big change at their Sunnyside location is that the restaurant now offers take out and delivery of select draft beer.
Despite all the changes, many of the restaurant’s practices will still remain the same.
“We still use non-GMO, cage-free and vegetable-fed chicken in all of our menu items, and we use new cooking oil every day,” Kim explained.
The restaurant offers free delivery in Sunnyside and Woodside and can be made online at www.pelicanachickenusa.com.
Hours of operation are:
Sunday to Thursday – 11:30 am to midnight
Friday and Saturday – 11:30 am to 2:00 am