Dave’s Hot Chicken’s first restaurant in San Antonio

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Dave’s Hot Chicken previously promised to bring the fashionable brand to San Antonio earlier this year, but details were vague. Months later, we now know where the Chicken Chain’s first San Antonio installment will roost.

The spicy bird company sets up its first store in San Antonio at Highway 151 and Hunt Lane. It will be part of Wender Plaza, a shopping center of which Sprout’s is a confirmed tenant. Neither the owner nor representatives of Dave’s Hot Chicken were immediately available for comment.

The California-based chain plans to open 10 locations from Waco to New Braunfels.

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The restaurant’s menu focuses on hot chicken tenders and sliders, ranging in heat levels from “No Spice” to “Reaper.” Sides include homemade kale salad, macaroni and cheese, and fries or cheese fries. Drinks like milkshakes, sodas, and tea round out the menu.

Dave is frying sliders and tenders.

Dave is frying sliders and tenders.

Courtesy of Dave’s Hot Chicken

Los Angeles-based brand Dave's Hot Chicken is looking for 8 spaces to expand in San Antonio.

Los Angeles-based brand Dave’s Hot Chicken is looking for 8 spaces to expand in San Antonio.

Courtesy of Dave’s Hot Chicken

Plans submitted to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations are subject to change, but so far the chicken company is working on a 2,290 square foot restaurant. The space is expected to be completed by March 2023.

In March, franchise veterans John and Jason Hotchkiss, and their brother-in-law Paul Gorman, announced plans to bring eight locations to San Antonio in addition to restaurants in New Braunfels, San Marcos and Waco. Details of the other seven restaurants have not been revealed at this time.

The cult sequel that now dots the US and Canada started as a pop-up in Los Angeles in 2017. Dave’s Hot Chicken eventually grew into a brick-and-mortar restaurant that expanded across the US, with investors famous like Drake, Samuel L. Jackson, former California first lady Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox president Tom Werner, and Good Morning America host and NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan .

CEO Bill Phelps said in March that Texas was an important part of the chain’s growth.

“Texas is fertile ground for our brand expansion, especially in the San Antonio market,” he said. “By partnering with esteemed industry veterans like John, Jason and Paul, our entry into the region will be a success.”

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