More chicken restaurants flock to Dayton area


Gilligan Company continues to hire for the new site via or by texting “PLK” to 85000.

A grand opening ceremony for the newly built restaurant is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, including a check presentation to the Dayton Humane Society and photo ops with chicken mascot Popeyes.

Crispy Crispy Chicken

National chain Krispy Krunchy Chicken is expanding its reach in the Dayton area with its new location at 1000 Miamisburg Centervile Road in Washington Twp.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

A limited menu is available at Caesar’s Drive Thru, while take-out and sit-down options are available at the Krispy Krunchy Chicken space toward the front of the business, manager Arturo Garcia told the outlet.

Founded in Louisiana, Krispy Krunchy Chicken is a fast-food concept featuring Cajun-style chicken fried in trans-fat-free oil, along with a host of sides and other dishes.

“We’ve been in the drive-thru (business) for about 20 years and right now good chickens are all the rage,” said Stephen Levitt, owner of Caesar’s Drive Thru.

According to its website, Krispy Krunchy Chicken can also be found at six other locations in the area, including two in Dayton and one in Kettering, Germantown, Troy and Bellbrook.

The Krispy Krunchy Chicken brand has built a cult following in the US and looks set for more locations. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, private equity firm Main Post Partners announced Dec. 7 that it has invested in the chicken business and the plan is to grow the brand and build awareness.

Big chicken

Austin Landing in Miami Township is set to host Big Chicken, a restaurant founded and co-owned by NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, by the end of June.

The new location at 10655 Innovation Drive will be Big Chicken’s first location in Ohio.

Big Chicken offers crispy chicken sandwiches, sliders, popcorn chicken, chicken fillets, salads, and “accompanied” side dishes, including signature dish Lucille’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Also on the menu are ice cream shakes, soft cones, ice cream sandwiches, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Founded in 2018, Big Chicken is backed by JRS Hospitality, a Las Vegas-based ownership group; Authentic Brands Group, a multi-billion dollar development, marketing and entertainment company. It offers locations in Glendale, CA and Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as locations inside the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, WA and UBS Arena in Elmont, WA. New York State.

The growth of local chicken restaurants is catching up with a national trend. Last year, Franchise Times said its Top 200+ chicken chains grew 10.6% in 2019, reaching $50.2 billion in sales, and “still grew overall in 2020, even with some COVID-19 sales successes”.

Foodservice now accounts for 46% of overall chicken consumption nationwide, with the rest purchased through retail grocery stores, for the National Chicken Council. This is a stark contrast to the 25% overall consumption of chicken in foodservice in 1970.


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