Gilbert, AZ

Shaq Opening His Fried Chicken Restaurant in Town

Greyson F

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Shaq is opening his fried chicken restaurant in town.Eiliv-Sonas Aceron/Unsplash

A few months back we broke the news that NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal would be bringing his chicken sandwich restaurant, Big Chicken, to metro Phoenix. At the time, the brand didn’t have a specific location in mind, other than they had their sights on the Valley and intended on opening at least a dozen restaurants throughout the region in the coming years. 

All of that has now changed, as Big Chicken has an official landing spot, and the first of many Shack’s Big Chicken restaurants will be opening soon. 

Only a few days ago, Pomo Pizzeria announced it would be closing down its downtown Gilbert restaurant. Residents of Gilbert will not have to wait long for a new tenant, as Big Chicken has signed a lease and will be moving in. After some renovations, it will be up and ready to go. This is a plus for not only the food scene in Gilbert and the rest of metro Phoenix, but for lovers of the large patio out around Pomo Pizzeria. 

Shack’s Big Chicken restaurant is a fast-casual chicken shop that specializes in spicy chicken sandwiches, although there are other items on the menu to satisfy those big cravings. The Charles Barkley, named after another NBA legend, is one of the top sellers at the restaurant, and is a fried chicken sandwich topped with mac & cheese, fried onions, and covered in a roasted garlic BBQ aioli. For lovers of spicy chicken, the Uncle Jerome is a Nashville hot chicken, with pickles, lettuce, and mayo, and the Big Aristotle includes muenster cheese, fried onions, bacon, and sweet and smokey Memphis BBQ sauce. 

There will be plenty of sides to add onto the heaping chicken sandwiches as well. Some of the sides guests can expect at Big Chicken include Lucille’s Mac N’ Cheese, BC fries, sweet potato waffle fries, jalapeño slaw, and dirty fries, which are coated in cheese sauce, bacon, banana peppers, and chipotle BBQ sauce.

Big Chicken does not have an official launch date for the Gilbert location, but fans of Shack, chicken sandwiches, and who just want to try out a new restaurant, should expect to see it opening its front doors in the coming months. The team at Big Chicken is excited to open its first location in Phoenix, and with plenty of other locations on the way, they want to get the ball rolling on this location quickly. 

Big Chicken will be located at 366 North Gilbert Road (Suite 106).

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