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Dave’s Hot Chicken Named America’s Most Growing Restaurant

Brand Goes from Parking Lot Pop-Up to More than 700 Units Under Development in Five Years Los Angeles, CA  (RestaurantNews.com)  In May 2017 four friends scraped together $900 to purchase a fryer, and serve up the best-tasting hot chicken tenders around to those willing to venture to their East Hollywood parking lot pop up. That…

Dave's Hot Chicken Named America's Fastest-Growing Restaurant

Brand Goes from Parking Lot Pop-Up to More than 700 Units Under Development in Five Years

Dave's Hot Chicken Named America's Fastest-Growing RestaurantLos Angeles, CA (RestaurantNews.com) In May 2017 four friends scraped together $900 to purchase a fryer, and serve up the best-tasting hot chicken tenders around to those willing to venture to their East Hollywood parking lot pop up. That combination of good friends working hard, a proprietary hot chicken recipe, and social media savvy marketing has today powered Dave’s Hot Chicken to become the fastest-growing restaurant in America*. From Usher, who recently posted an Instagram video eating the company’s Reaper(tm) spice-level slider, to Billboard’s Artist of the Decade, Drake, who invested in the company after trying the product, Dave’s Hot Chicken continues to cultivate fans across North America.

Dave Hot Chicken’s growth is also driven by the company’s cult following, demonstrated by people driving across state lines to get a taste of the food, including a couple that trekked 10 hours to be at the first Denver location. Other milestones in company growth include:

  • 262% total 2021 sales growth compared to 2020
  • 471% total 2021 open unit count growth compared to 2020
  • More than 700 locations in the development pipeline, with restaurants currently open in major DMAs across North America, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Detroit, Toronto, Portland, Milwaukee and more
  • 31-plus million views of organic, user-generated TikTok content with the Dave’s Hot Chicken hashtag
  • Highest Instagram followers per restaurant of any national Fast Casual brand
Dave's Hot Chicken Named America's Fastest-Growing Restaurant
Dave’s Hot Chicken Parking Lot Pop Up

Dave’s Hot Chicken specializes in Hot Chicken Tenders and Sliders, along with sides of house-made Kale Slaw, creamy Mac n’ Cheese and crispy French Fries. Each piece of tender, juicy chicken is hand-breaded and spiced according to your order.

“Dave’s Hot Chicken’s origin story is one of the most remarkable in the restaurant industry. The founders started Dave’s Hot Chicken as a small, rented restaurant in Hollywood, California, five years ago. They had a portable fryer, picnic tables, and a trailer, but that was just five years ago. The founders’ vision for the brand and the incredible leadership team that we have assembled to support its growth are the reasons the company has experienced almost unheard of growth.

Dave's Hot Chicken Named America's Fastest-Growing Restaurant

*Based on a study conducted by Technomic, a third-party research company

About Dave’s Hot Chicken

In a modern-day American dream story, Arman Oganesyan and best friend Chef Dave Kopushyan, along with brothers Tommy and Gary Rubenyan, launched Dave’s Hot Chicken in a parking lot pop-up in 2017. Dave’s Hot Chicken was quickly established in East Hollywood, with its first brick and mortar restaurant. In 2019, the team struck a deal with Wetzel’s Pretzels co-founder and former CEO, Bill Phelps, and movie producer John Davis to begin franchising the Dave’s Hot Chicken concept throughout the U.S. and beyond. The company has sold the rights to more than 700 franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada. Harkening back to an Eater LA blog that helped propel early interest in the brand, the company’s

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