free-range chickens only, presumably
July 15, 2017 12:28 PM   Subscribe

obvious Breaking Bad reference aside, this has to be good news, because there has never been enough good fried chicken.
posted by philip-random at 12:35 PM on July 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

Ahhhh why did it have to be that goddamn Nashville hot.
posted by Etrigan at 12:54 PM on July 15, 2017

How does a company do this? I've owned stores before and may own another in the future. How do you get the word out that you're keen to give these people opportunities?
posted by dobbs at 1:02 PM on July 15, 2017

see also, Homeboy Industries
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 1:05 PM on July 15, 2017 [2 favorites]

Dobbs, my first thought is to get in touch with parole departments in your area and let them know you're looking to hire. Often actively seeking employment is a condition of parole but can be hard for officers to both encourage what seems pointless to some individuals and also difficult to verify compliance.
posted by meinvt at 1:49 PM on July 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

Hot Chicken Takeover has also (deservedly) received a boatload of local press, which I think has had to have helped get word out.

I love this place. Initially it was only open a few days a week during lunch, so it was interesting watching a place slowly build buzz with a strategy of scarcity. I can remember hour long lines out the door, but now they are expanding locations and it's much more accessible.
posted by imabanana at 1:52 PM on July 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

Hah, good point: "I would tell an employer that you paid taxes for that individual to be incarcerated, so what do you want on your rate of return? . . . Don't be afraid to give this person an opportunity."

This video is really well done. Thanks.
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 3:10 PM on July 15, 2017 [5 favorites]

Fried chicken is so fucking good.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 3:16 PM on July 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

I love HCT (though I suspect they've lowered their heat levels recently).

How does a company do this?

By being good at what they do, and being clear about their mission.

When they first opened they were literally a hole in a wall (i.e., just a walk-up window) with some picnic tables. Word got out how good the food was and there were lines around the block for it. Eventually they moved into a very popular market which attracted even more attention. I believe for a long time they were also the highest rated restaurant around Columbus on Yelp. Anyways, they got a lot (and I mean a lot) of press and have always been very up front about their mission. They've become popular enough to open their first standalone location a few weeks ago, and another is in development. There is definitely demand for the food, so its awesome to see them growing to a couple other locations to serve that demand and employ more people.
posted by noneuclidean at 4:36 PM on July 15, 2017

Ahhhh why did it have to be that goddamn Nashville hot.

They have excellent non-hot chicken too. And banana pudding worth of a visit just on its own.
posted by noneuclidean at 4:40 PM on July 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

They just opened a location a mile or so from me.
So goddamned good!

Didn't know they were doing this though-so i now have an excuse to spend more money there!
posted by das_2099 at 5:48 PM on July 15, 2017

God I love hot chicken takeover. I used to live within walking distance of their north market location... Now it's a rare treat when I'm back in town visiting (and not to be missed under any circumstances).
posted by dbx at 6:07 PM on July 15, 2017

Similar restaurant+ up north here in Cleveland. The founder is now running for mayor.
posted by at 6:15 PM on July 15, 2017 [1 favorite]

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
posted by LiveFit at 6:49 PM on July 15, 2017

For great gas station fried chicken (I'm not kidding) check out the Krispy Krunchy chicken nearest you. They set up shop inside convenience stores. There's one inside a Sunoco about a block from my house and it is legit.
posted by grumpybear69 at 8:48 PM on July 15, 2017

Berger & Wyse on fried chicken.
posted by biffa at 3:57 PM on July 16, 2017

I love Hot Chicken Takeover, both for the amazing food (I could drink that ranch dressing) and their mission. That said, the new location being a 60 second walk from my house is both a blessing and a curse.
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