The biggest cluckin’ expansion yet? Dave’s Hot Chicken plans 10 new restaurants in Dallas

Dallas-Fort Worth burns Nashville Hot Chicken Joint. But while some restaurateurs are taking steps to open a Nashville Hot Chicken restaurant or two in North Texas, Dave’s Hot Chicken confirmed today that it could open as many as 10 in Dallas County by 2025.

The first lease was signed in Far North Dallas on Preston Road south of the Belt Line.

Dave’s Hot Chicken is a Los Angeles company named after co-founder and chef Dave Kopushyan who started selling hot chicken during a pop-up in a parking lot in 2017. The company now has six restaurants in California and more are in the pipeline. The Los Angeles Times says Dave’s is the first Armenian-run hot chicken business in town, but far from being the last.

It’s just my opinion, but keeping four Nashville hot chicken sandwiches seems … messy.(Courtesy Dave’s Hot Chicken)

The Dallas stores are run by franchisees David Futrell and Ernest Crawford, described in a press release as childhood best friends and business associates who jointly ran Schlotzky’s restaurants and a catering company. Futrell lives in Dallas and Crawford lives in Plano.

Your Dave’s Hot Chickens will be the first in Texas.

Futrell and Crawford were motivated by the popularity of Nashville Hot Chicken. The first time she visited a Dave in California, there was a line “around the block” at 9pm on a Tuesday

“The chicken was so good that I waited in that line for seconds again,” Futrell said in a statement. “After my first bite in one of their chicken tenders, all I knew was that the people in D-FW would love it.”

The restaurant has a tiny menu: fried chicken tenders served alone or on a slider; plus side dishes of mac and cheese, coleslaw and french fries. Nashville Hot Chicken is known for its distinctive cayenne pepper spice and Dave’s offers it in seven tiers. Extra hot and “reapers” can make you sweat.

The first Dave’s in Dallas is expected to open in May 2021. It is opening in Dallas and its suburbs with local companies Palmer’s Hot Chicken, Lucky’s Hot Chicken, and Ricky’s Hot Chicken.

Another new restaurant, Hot Chicks, opened today, December 14th. And Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, an iconic Nashville restaurant group, is slated to open in Dallas in 2021.

The first Dave’s Hot Chicken in Texas is located at 14750 Preston Road (between Spring Valley and Belt Line streets) in Dallas.

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