Top Chicken Chain Brings Nashville-Style Heat to Virginia With 12 Unit Deal


Dave’s Hot Chicken, the leading fast-food chain in the country, has announced the signing of a new franchise agreement with the brand’s original franchisees. This group includes business partners Deryl Pangelinan, Andrew Voss, Chris Cook, Andrew Feghali, and Lawrence Kourie.

They’ve once again inked another deal with the famous brand. The twelve-unit development deal will see the brand expanding within several counties in the state of Virginia, bringing the brand’s unique take on Nashville hot chicken to more people on the East Coast.

"Their proven track record as skilled operators is truly remarkable, and we have full faith in their ability to delight the Dave's Hot Chicken enthusiasts in Virginia," said Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken

"In every market we venture into, we experience a warm and welcoming embrace from the community. The opportunity to introduce the brand to new markets is a tremendous privilege," said Cook.

Dave’s Hot Chicken was founded in 2017 by friends Dave Kopushyan — a chef who trained in the organization of Thomas Keller (French Laundry) — Arman Oganesyan and Tommy and Gary Rubenyan as a simple hot chicken cart in an East Hollywood parking lot. The popularity of the cart’s Nashville-style hot chicken tenders and seasoned curly fries grew rapidly as people lined up to grab the delicious crunchy foods.

The brand specializes in hot chicken tenders and sliders, with spice levels ranging from “No Spice” to “Reaper,” each restaurant also serves sides of house-made Kale Slaw, creamy Mac and cheese, and crispy Fries or Cheese Fries.

The chain’s menu includes four combo meals that feature chicken tenders or chicken sandwiches with fries, pickles, and ‘Dave's Sauce.’ Spice options range from no spice to its hottest option, the "reaper." Other side offerings include Cheese Fries or Mac and Cheese, plus drinks including milkshakes.

The chicken is the star of the brand. It’s expertly prepared to be the juiciest and most tender chicken imaginable, each piece is topped with Dave’s signature mix of spices ranging from No Spice to “The Reaper.”

The fast-growing restaurant brand counts celebrities like rapper Drake and actor Samuel L. Jackson among its investors.

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