Nashville hot chicken concept Dave's Hot Chicken. 

Space City is getting a taste of the California-based fan favorite, Dave’s Hot Chicken. The restaurant is expanding its wings across the nation with its grand opening already heating up Midtown this past Friday. 

The hot chicken concept launched in 2017, and quickly became a staple in the Golden State. Following the successful launch of the parking lot eatery, the business opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in East Hollywood. Since its early beginnings, the chain has been endorsed by the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Drake, and Houston native Michael Strahan. 

In 2019, the franchise began working with Wetzel’s Pretzels co-founder and former CEO, Bill Phelps, and movie producer John Davis.Together, the team began franchising Dave’s Hot Chicken and has sold its rights to over 500 franchises nationwide. 

 

Chicken tenders and sliders at the newly opened Dave's Hot Chicken in Houston. 

Known for its Nashville Hot Chicken tenders and sliders, the brand’s spicy chicken is offered at seven various spice levels, from no spice to their hottest one, Reaper一which requires a waiver if your dare try. To complete the meal, the restaurant has options for  sides of either coleslaw, mac and cheese, or crispy french fries.

Phelps explained the grassroots effort of the fast-casual concept and his elation on expansion. “Our founders started Dave’s as a parking lot pop-up restaurant in Hollywood with a portable fryer and picnic tables from their backyards just three short years ago.  We are ecstatic to be opening these new California and Houston locations!” 

The interior of Dave's Hot Chicken.

Dave Chicken's first Houston outpost boasts 20-foot ceilings, indoor seating, and a drive-thru. Upon entering, customers will find vibrant graffiti art that pays homage to the beloved "Be Someone" sign, along with a mural of a Houston slab with neon lights that reads, "This is why ya chick missin'." 

“Dave’s Hot Chicken will blow your mind! Every Tender is hot, juicy, and spicy,” said Phelps. 

Dave’s Hot Chicken is now open at 12161 Westheimer. For more information, visit the website

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