Birdbox in San Francisco threatens to steal the fried chicken sandwich limelight

These days it’s not easy to stand out in a nation crowded with fried chicken sandwiches, but the new Birdbox in San Francisco is grabbing attention. This fast-casual spinoff of the two-Michelin-star Birdsong opened its first brick-and-mortar unit in the city’s South Park neighborhood next to Oracle Park. Partners Chris Bleidorn and Aarti Shetty first … Read more

NASCAR Brian France behind Summerbird opening in Charlotte

Summerbird’s dining room facing South Tryon Street plays off the summer theme at the new fast-casual restaurant in CHarlotte’s South End. Alex Slitz alslitz@charlotteobserver.com A former NASCAR CEO is revving up the chicken sandwich competition in Bojangles’ hometown with the debut of Summerbird in Charlotte. Brian France and his investment company Silver Falcon Capital are … Read more

The pandemic-fueled chicken craving still has legs

Photo courtesy Dave’s Hot Chicken That pandemic-fueled craving for chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders and chicken wings didn’t go away. In fact, it remained red hot throughout 2021, according to the latest Top 500 chain restaurant data released by Technomic. Case in point: No other restaurant concept grew its sales and units as swiftly last year … Read more

Southern flavors drive menu R&D at Big Chicken, Shaquille O’Neal’s fast casual

Photo courtesy of Big Chicken When he came up with the concept for Big Chicken, Shaquille O’Neal recruited two of Las Vegas’ leading chefs, Matt Silverman and Matt Piekarski, to create a menu reflective of his Southern roots. That meant turning some of Shaq’s family favorites into brand signatures and developing their own versions of … Read more

Dos Toros is sued over the treatment of pigs and chicken

Photo courtesy Dos Toros A Dos Toros customer has filed a class-action lawsuit against the fast-casual, alleging the chain has “deceptive marketing” practices around its pork and chicken products. The suit, filed last week in US District Court in the Southern District of New York, said the 20-unit burrito brand markets those proteins as being … Read more

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