It seems popular -based Korean barbecue chain Honey Pig Gooldaegee Korean Grill is coming to Germantown, The Washington Post “confirmed.”
By confirmation, the writer meant a picture of a Honey Pig banner posted outside a Fox Chapel Shopping Center storefront and a bizarre Q&A with an unnamed Honey Pig manager who spoke through an interpreter.
The Fox Chapel space had some permits on file with Montgomery County, according to The Post, but its final inspection had yet to occur. The business also had not filed a formal application with the county Department of Liquor Control.
So what’s the big deal about Honey Pig?
Washingtonian magazine listed it as one of its favorite cheap eats in 2012—their food writer was a fan of the galbi, seasoned short rib.
There were murmurs in January that Honey Pig was coming to Germantown. The buzz came in Twitter chatter from Honey Pig aficionados and some news accounts—including one in which The Huffington Post sifted through rumors that a Honey Pig was coming to DC—which turned out to be “scuttlebutt.” HuffPo did mention, “to the delight of many" Honey Pig fans this tidbit:
"Honey Pig, which has locations in Centreville, Va., will be, to the delight of many, opening up a new spot in Germantown, Md., in about 6 months."
But that was six months ago.
The person The Post interviewed said the restaurant would open “probably August or September” but shut down once the reporter (again, by the reporter's account) said he was a food writer for The Post.
That said, Honey Pig is listed in a company brochure for Fox Chapel Shopping Center, at Frederick and Middlebrook roads.
It’s just not open yet.