If someone told you that Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek opened up a restaurant, what type of place would you expect? An American-themed grill? Sports bar? Barbecue joint? You probably wouldn't expect a Korean-inspired joint, right?
Eagles TE Brent Celek is opening a Korean-inspired restaurant in Center City: https://t.co/BPNbo8MAWm— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) February 26, 2016
Celek and chef Hee "Chino" Chang already own a hot dog stand and a bar and grill called Prime Stache together and will name the new restaurant "bop", which is the Korean word for "rice".
The restaurant's version of a burger will be a mixture of Angus, short rib, and brisket, but would get a dose of gochujang paste and his crabcakes will be amped with fermented miso. (I don't really know what any of that means, but it sounds like it would be sophisticated and delicious.)
Celek signed a three-year $13 million deal to remain in Philly and is coming off a 2015 season in which he caught 27 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns. Primarily used as a blocking tight end alongside Zach Ertz, Celek is a valuable piece of the Eagles offense.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Korean restaurant will be a hit or not, but Celek is a valued member of the Philly community.