By Elena Kadvany
Update: International Korean chain moving into vacated Apple Store spaceUploaded: Nov 27, 2013
A Korean restaurant chain with locations in South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Japan, London and Los Angeles is moving into the old downtown Palo Alto Apple Store space at 451 University Ave.
Bibigo does traditional Korean food dumplings, rice cakes, noodles, soups, bibimbap and the like.
Maureen Hardy, a representative from BCV Architects, the San Francisco-based firm designing the space for Bibigo, said the owner is not ready to talk about the project yet. (BCV Architects is also behind multiple notable food marketplaces the Ferry Building in San Francisco, Oxbow Market in Napa, Jack London Market in Oakland as well as local restaurants such as M.Y. China, Gott's Roadside and Hog Island Oyster Co.)
However, Palo Alto City Planner Elena Lee said BCV Architects' application includes minor fašade changes and a new rooftop outdoor dining area. (Anyone who walks by the Apple Store and checks out the application posted in the window can see a rendering for what the redesigned building might look like.)
The posted application also includes a request for an alcohol service permit. Here's hoping for a full bar.
Mysteriously, a new print-out of the restaurant rendering has been taped over the old one. It's identical except for the name of the restaurant, which now says "Maum."
Maum is a Korean word that means "mind, soul and spirit," but it's unclear what happened to Bibigo. City Planner Elena Lee did confirm that the proposed project is for a "Korean service restaurant."