Dave’s Hot Chicken Sensation is coming to Washington

Dave’s Hot Chicken, a hugely popular hot chicken franchise that originated in Nashville, California, is finally coming to Washington after opening hundreds of locations in other parts of the country. The company announced today that it has signed an agreement to open ten locations in the Seattle area and is actively seeking real estate.

Dave’s Hot Chicken was launched as a pop-up in an East Hollywood parking lot by Arman Oganesyan and chef Dave Kopushyan, along with brothers Tommy and Gary Rubenyan in 2017. It quickly took off, and with a deal in 2019 along with Wetzel’s Pretzels co-founder and former CEO, Bill Phelps, and film producer John Davis, the company has since sold franchise rights to 599 locations.

Since opening, Dave’s Hot Chicken has garnered a lot of attention for a string of celebrity investors like musical artist Drake, former California first lady Maria Shriver, Red Sox owner Tom Werner, actor Samuel L Jackson and the Good Morning America anchor and retired NFL player. player Michael Strahan. Drake’s significant stake in the brand, in particular, brought publicity to the channel.

For some reason, Dave’s Hot Chicken stayed outside of Washington until this year, despite opening a location near Portland in 2021.

The brand keeps the menu simple, with options for tenders and fried chicken sliders loaded with kale salad, pickles and gravy, with seven spice levels ranging from no spice to optional. Intensely – perhaps dangerously – spicy “reaper” that is only available to guests who sign a waiver. Each spice level is made with a different spice blend and has unique flavors, not just different degrees of capsaicin. The stores also serve fries and milkshakes.

In a city with plenty of great fried chicken, but few places serving it hot Nashville style (apart from Sisters and Brothers), the chain is likely to be a hit in any neighborhood it goes. will install.

The hot fried chicken sliders at Dave’s Hot Chicken.
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