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Major Nashville hot fried chicken chain Hattie B's comes to Dallas

Major Nashville hot fried chicken chain Hattie B's comes to Dallas

Hattie B's fried chicken
From no heat to very hot. Photo courtesy of Hattie B's

One of the biggest names in Nashville-style hot fried chicken is coming to Dallas: Hattie B's Hot Chicken, the family owned-and-operated Nashville-based chicken chain, is opening its first Texas location in Deep Ellum at 3000 Main St.

According to a release, it'll open in late summer 2021.

"We couldn't be more excited about the Deep Ellum spot," says cofounder Nick Bishop, Jr. "We want to be in vibrant neighborhoods that bring people from all over the city to enjoy our hot chicken and cold beer and some good times."

The specialty at Hattie B's (not to be confused with Hattie's, the Southern restaurant in Oak Cliff that closed in February) is hot chicken, served at varying levels of heat from no heat to very hot. The menu also features Southern sides including pimento mac-and-cheese, collard greens, and French fries, plus banana pudding and peach cobbler, plus craft beer.

Nashville hot chicken is basically buttermilk-fried chicken heavily doused in cayenne pepper. According to the Hot Chicken Coalition, it also comes with white bread and a pickle.

The original Nashville hot chicken restaurant is Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, which opened in 1945. It wasn't until 2016 that the dish began to spring up in cities across the U.S.

In Dallas, the trend started booming in 2019, with a few Nashville chicken pop-ups and more recently sit-down places such as Lucky's Hot Chicken which just opened in East Dallas, and Palmer's, slated to open in late summer.

In Deep Ellum, Hattie's will be up against other fried chicken purveyors that include local favorite Brick & Bones, a bar-restaurant that makes spicy chicken and homey sides; and Gus's Fried Chicken, a chain from Memphis.

Hattie's is going into a building at the corner of Walton Street, across the street from Allgood Cafe, previously home to Leather Masters, a leather/fetish shop that closed in May after being in business since 1989.

The restaurant will seat about 200 people, inside and out. They intend to cut about 1,000 square feet from the building to create an outdoor patio space; pity, since it's a nice old building as is. The decor and layout will be "informal, accessible, and comfortable," similar to all Hattie B's locations.

Hattie B's hasn't actually been around that long: It was founded in 2012 by Bishop and his father, Nick Bishop, Sr., who opened the first Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Midtown Nashville.

"Our mission has been the same since day one: to provide authentic Nashville hot chicken served with Southern hospitality in a fun, high-energy environment, and we can't wait to open our first Texas location in Dallas," Nick Sr. said.

There are now three locations in Nashville, with a fourth opening there in spring 2021. They also have locations in Birmingham, Alabama, which they opened in 2016, plus Memphis and Atlanta, Georgia.