Chicken So Hot Right Now

Chicken restaurant with speakeasy bar beckons Dallas' suburban hipsters

Chicken restaurant with speakeasy beckons Dallas' suburban hipsters

Prohibition Chicken
Lewisville is getting in on the chicken trend. Courtesy photo

It's been said before, and it'll surely be said again, but chicken is so hot right now. Latest evidence: Prohibition Chicken, a new restaurant-bar opening in Lewisville, from restaurateurs Josh Babb and Sean Clavir, and chef Roger Kaplan. Prohibition will open at 201 W. Church St. on April 25.

The restaurant will serve a family-style menu of comfort food with Prohibition-era cocktails, and has a motto: "Come for the poultry. Stay for the party." Mottos are cool. It'll also have a "speakeasy" with a bar menu, located at the rear of the restaurant with access through a hidden door that is made to look like an old phone booth. Old phone booths are cool.

Prohibition's menu offers chicken done in a variety of ways, along with tri-tip steak, trout, home-style sides, and stiff drinks. Biscuits are also a big thing. The bar menu boasts 40-plus different whiskeys, 11-plus scotches, and a cocktail menu of modern and classic recipes.

Kaplan and his partners are raising their own chickens through Dunbar Hollow Farms, an operation based in Texas. Kaplan says in a release that it was important they know where their chickens come from. "We work closely with Dunbar to raise antibiotic-free, humanely nurtured, and handled chicken delivered fresh to us everyday," he says.

The main dining room has a U-shaped bar in the middle, and a biscuit-bar showcasing a large wood stone oven serving chef Kaplan’s homemade biscuit recipe. A large covered patio and open-air greenspace will offer additional seating.

Babb and Clavir met when they both worked for The N9NE Group in Victory Park. They're amassing quite the portfolio, including Shooters, Three Squares, the Chop Shop, Musume, and Chop Shop Live in Roanoke, opening in winter 2017.

Prohibition Chicken will be open seven days a week and offer local live music on the weekends.

Babb says that they like the location's old country town feel. "Lewisville captures that essence and is also only minutes away from Denton, Plano, Frisco, and Flower Mound," he says.