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Crazy Popular Nashville Hot Chicken Chain Hattie B’s Wants to Open in Texas

Tennessee’s spicy mainstay is looking into opening locations in Austin, Dallas, and/or Houston

Two pieces of red, hot chicken legs-and-thighs, placed on top of two pieces of white sliced bread, with a pickle slice placed on top of each chicken item, on top of a red-and-white checkered food paper-lined basket
Hot chicken from Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, the popular Nashville-based hot chicken restaurant chain, is looking to open in Texas, as pointed out by an Eater tipster. Specifically, the company is eyeing potential locations in Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

A rep for the chain confirmed these expansion plans, noting that Hattie B’s formed a specific Texas LLC (Hattie B’s of Texas, LLC) in August in Dallas. There is no set timeline for these openings as of yet.

The restaurant chain is known for its fiery, crispy hot chicken, as well as chicken tender and chicken wing platters and a hot chicken sandwich. Spice levels range from the Southern (no spice) to the Shut the Cluck Up (the spiciest). Then there are Southern sides (baked beans, black-eyed pea salads, etc.), desserts (cobbler, banana pudding), drinks, and beer.

This Texas expansion has been in the works for a while. Director of culinary operations Brian Morris first brought it up to the Los Angeles Times in 2018, and co-owner Nick Bishop Jr. mentioned it to the Nashville Business Journal this past May.

Bishop Jr. and his father Nick Bishop, Sr. opened the business in Nashville in 2012, and grew with locations throughout the Tennessee City and Memphis, as well as ones in Birmingham, Atlanta and Las Vegas. While the restaurants’ dining rooms have remained closed for dine-in service during the pandemic, the patios are open for self-service dining. The kitchen is offering takeout service as well, plus Uber Eats deliveries.

Austin hot chicken restaurants currently include Tumble 22 and Hawt Chicken.

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