Food lovers rejoice, as another dining option is coming to Leesburg.
Kovi Asian Street Food Kitchen will set up shop at the Battlefield Shopping Center on Edwards Ferry Road early next year. It’s the brainchild of executive chef and Leesburg resident Vi Nguyen.
Several years ago, he worked for a company that would take food trucks to brick and mortar restaurants. Nguyen loved the idea of starting off in a food truck—“high return, low overhead” and less risky, he said. He began toying with his own concept, marrying two of his favorite things—street food and Asian cuisine.
As he developed the concept, he bumped into Dean Boeving at a mutual friend’s wedding and the two decided to work together. Nguyen would bring his food experience along with Boeving’s background in the finance industry to create Kovi. They launched their first food truck last September, but have since grown into a brick and mortar location in Arlington, with the Leesburg location and an additional one in Tysons Corner to follow.
Leesburg is familiar territory for Nguyen. He and his siblings attended Loudoun County High School and his mother operated Xuan Saigon Vietnamese restaurant in town until selling the business in 2014.
Nguyen said he’s excited to bring the Kovi concept to Leesburg.
“I just know that with the food that’s coming into Leesburg now there’s so many restaurants but nobody is doing what we’re doing—a chef-driven, sustainable concept in a fast-casual setting,” he said.
The Kovi concept, true to its name, marries the styles of both Korean and Vietnamese cuisine. Its offerings include the popular Korean barbecue tacos, banh mi sandwiches and the currently trendy poke bowls. The cuisine has quickly developed a solid customer base for Kovi, including some early adopters.
“My mom’s from Ecuador,” Boeving said, “and she said it’s the best taco she’s ever had in her life.”
Boeving said they expect Leesburg’s Kovi Kitchen to be up and running by March. For more information about the restaurant, go to kovikitchen.com.