Appetite for expansion

L.A.-based hot chicken chain flocks to San Antonio with 8 locations

L.A.-based hot chicken chain flocks to San Antonio with 8 locations

Dave's Hot Chicken
San Antonio is heating up. Dave's Hot Chicken/Instagram

Dave’s Hot Chicken is getting ready to roost in San Antonio.

Franchisees John Hotchkiss, Jason Hotchkiss, and Paul Gorman recently signed an agreement with Dave’s Hot Chicken to open eight locations in the San Antonio market. The Hotchkiss brothers are veteran Texas franchisees for Little Caesars and Firehouse Subs. Gorman is an IT and software professional.

No word yet on when and where the eight Dave’s Hot Chicken locations will open. The chain operates restaurants in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas, but none in the San Antonio or Austin markets.

Last year, Los Angeles-based Dave’s Hot Chicken announced a group of franchisees was bringing 10 restaurants to the I-35 corridor in Texas, including Austin, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Waco.

“Texas is fertile ground for our brand expansion, especially the San Antonio market,” Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken, says in a news release.

Founded in 2017 by Arman Oganesyan and Dave Kopushyan, Dave’s Hot Chicken initially opened as a parking lot pop-up. It has since expanded across the U.S. and Canada. The chain specializes in spicy chicken tenders and sliders, along with sides like kale slaw, mac and cheese, crispy fries, and cheese fries.