One of the fastest-growing fast-food chains in the country is finally coming to Pennsylvania. The Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken brand has signed a development deal with accomplished family entrepreneurs Harsimrat, Shubreet, Samarjit, and Pukhraj Sidhu to bring the famous brand to multiple markets across the state, with State College being one of the first locations on their list for development.
The Sidhu family is an established name in the business with extensive background in convenience store, retail, and hospitality industries, boasting 12 years of business experience in the region.
“Harsimrat, Shubreet, Samarjit, and Pukhraj will bring a new level of operations sophistication and excellence to the Big Chicken franchise system, and we’re thrilled to have them on board,“ said Big Chicken CEO Josh Halpern.
With taste at the forefront, Big Chicken delivers a menu that fuses home-cooked childhood favorites with bold new flavors. Each menu item tells a story while offering guests an inside view of the life and personality of Shaquille O’Neal.
The brand’s concept is the brainchild of Shaquille O’Neal and other highly accomplished individuals. Founded in 2018, Big Chicken is backed by partners that include, JRS Hospitality, a successful Las Vegas-based ownership group, and Authentic Brands Group, a multinational, multi-billion dollar brand development.
The menu is broad and enticing. The signature crispy fried chicken with barbecue sauce is said to be delectable. Other interesting items on the menu include a variety of fried chicken sandwiches, sliders, tenders, and salads topped with crispy chicken. Sandwiches include the Big and Sloppy, which comes stuffed with macaroni and cheese, crispy onions, and roasted barbecue aioli.
The brand currently has locations open in Las Vegas (Paradise Road and Tropicana Ave.), Los Angeles (Glendale and Valencia); Seattle (Renton and Mukilteo); Houston; Rosemont, Illinois, and in the Dayton, Ohio region, as well as in metro-New York’s UBS Arena, The Comcast Center in Philadelphia, The Moody Center in Austin, ASU’s Mullett Arena, Palm Spring’s Acrisure Arena, St. Louis’s Busch Stadium, Kansas City International Airport and on three Carnival Cruise ships.