A new fast-casual chicken restaurant is coming to New Jersey soon.
Hot Chkn Ktchn, which serves “Nashville-style” food, has announced an aggressive expansion plan that will begin in New Jersey and Virginia.
They aim to deploy 200 restaurants in the next few years.
“As we seek to expand our presence, we are exploring franchise partnerships that will help propel us into a strong future,” said Dave Wood, chief strategic officer of Hot Chikn Kitchn. “We have a proven concept that has grown rapidly and we are excited to build on this momentum with partners who share our vision and are focused on bringing our quality brand to more markets.”
Hot Chikn Kitchn was created in 2020 by Mike and Anthony Sarago, along with founding chef Freddy Gilmore.
The flagship restaurant was opened in Woodbridge, Virginia with the idea of bringing Nashville-style cuisine to the region and the East Coast.
The restaurant specializes in hot chicken fillets and sandwiches made with spices to order.
They also offer their own line of hot sauces, each infused with a different type of pepper. They have names like Afterburner, Base, Angry Hot, and Medic.
The company is always looking for franchise partners; the initial franchise fee for Hot Chikn Kitchn is $40,000. The current franchise program allows potential partners to pay these fees with certain cryptocurrencies, making the brand the first fast-casual concept to accept cryptocurrency for franchise-related transactions.
No opening date has been announced for New Jersey locations.
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