The former Austin Diner space on Burnet Road will become a second location of chef James Holmes' Lucy's Fried Chicken, which first opened on South Congress in late 2011. Holmes scooped up the space after Easy Tiger and 24 Diner chef Drew Curren, who'd originally planned to open his new French bistro, Arro, decided to relocate downtown. Via a press release sent this morning, Holmes says:
"Andrew and his team are really cool guys. We had many a meeting at Easy Tiger to work out the details, and I ate quite a few pretzels. God I love those pretzels. Since Andrew lives in the neighborhood, I look forward to feeding him and his family at Lucy's, and eating at Arro, which is closer to my South Austin home," stated Holmes of the serendipitous deal.Surely the second incarnation of Lucy's will be delicious; but will it be different?
The Burnet Road location will have a "sister" sign like the original's, "which will serve as a beacon to those weary chicken seekers and bring a bit of neon back to Burnet," and a Texas jukebox, just like SoCo's. As for differences? No details as yet: "Lucy's #2 will serve a similar menu to the existing Lucy's, but with a few special additions."
An opening date has been set for late summer or early fall, with an important caveat: "city permitting in Austin is nuts, so this timeline is extremely tentative."
The future home of Lucy's Fried Chicken. [Photo: Google Maps/Andrea Grimes/EATX]