Chuck’s Hot Chicken has opened its third location in Rock Hill

Nashville-style hot chicken — an often scorching signature item that started in Music City and quickly spread elsewhere, including St. Louis — remains hot. Latest example: Chuck’s Hot Chicken plans to open its third location in early September in the St. Louis Wing Co. previous (9816 Manchester) in Rock Hill.


food menu

Co-owner Charles “Chuck” Taylor explains that the restaurant “hand-cuts, bakes, and fries all chicken breasts to order using only fresh chicken breasts.” The resulting sandwich is large and crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. The chicken fillets can be ordered plain or with one of six sauces, ranging from “baby steps” to “try at your own risk” (which the employee describes as “uncontrollably hot crying”).

Bone-in chicken (leg, thigh, quarter, chicken wings) is available after 4pm. “The only reason we chose this time frame is because the bone broth takes longer to cook,” Taylor says, “so it’s not ideal at lunchtime, when people are in a hurry.”

Side dishes include garlic cheese curds, rusk corn fritters, baked potato salad, house green bean, collard greens, and hash browns, which travel well.

That’s it – this is the list. The partners wanted to focus on consistency, simplicity, and making the concept scalable.


the background

Taylor first became obsessed with hot Nashville chicken after taking multiple trips to Hattie B’s in Nashville. Early last year, after experimenting with different recipes of hot chicken and testing the feasibility of the concept at the Cecil Whitaker pizza location he co-owns with John Blaowski, Taylor opened his first Chuck Hot Chicken location in St. Louis, Maryland Heights. The duo then opened a stand-alone location at 2758 Highway K, in a former branch store in O’Fallon, Missouri.

The Rock Hill store will be the first franchise location for this concept. Caleb Lavezzi, who worked at Yaya’s Euro Bistro and was chosen by parent company PB&J to open a concept outside of Seattle called Ocean 5, returned to St. Hot Chicken.” The area of ​​the Wing Co. The former is 1,900 square feet and can accommodate approximately 30 people.

Another franchisee has been selected to open an additional store in West County next year, Taylor says, and talks are underway to explore the feasibility of a small site within Busch Stadium as well.

“We need to figure out what’s best for us next step and coordinate the timing, but the bottom line is Chuck is in expansion mode. Our plan is to participate in our claim in Missouri and move forward from there,” Taylor says.

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