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Chicken Tender Restaurant Takes Over Deep Dish Pizza Spot Gino’s

Happy Chicks is now open

Happy Chicks’ disco chicken
Happy Chicks’ disco chicken
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Turns out that the proposed temporary shutter for iconic Chicago deep dish pizza chain Gino’s East is a permanent one. Instead, owner Doug Guller replaced the Dirty Sixth pizzeria with a chicken tender restaurant and bar called Happy Chicks, which is now open.

“We’ve been wanting to open a concept that was simple,” Guller told Eater. There are only five items on Happy Chicks’ menu: chicken tenders (with a chicken wrap option), 15 different types of sauces, bacon macaroni and cheese, jalapeno cheddar cornbread, and fries. The mega-hungry can opt for the 100-piece chicken tender meal, which costs $114.99.

Happy Chicks also includes a full bar with cocktails like the spicy jalapeno margarita, Moscow Mule, and cherry lime rickey. There’s the usual beer and wine. It also pours out house-made lemonade and sweet tea.

The space didn’t undergo a whole lot of renovations to become Happy Chicks, besides the addition of branding from graphic design firm Arts and Recreation. There is something called the “chicken disco,” as indicated by the chicken-shaped mirror ball.

Happy Chicks’ hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Guller opened Gino’s in June 2015, which was the only Austin location of the franchise. He closed up the restaurant last month, saying that he was looking to reopen this month. He also oversees Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill, Pelons Tex-Mex Restaurant, and the Parish. He sold Scoot Inn to C3 this summer.

Gino's East

214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

Happy Chicks

214 East 6th Street, , TX 78701 (512) 469-0002 Visit Website