Dave’s Hot Chicken Signs 14-Unit Deal for First Locations in New Jersey
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Dave’s Hot Chicken Signs 14-Unit Deal for First Locations in New Jersey

Experienced Multi-Unit Restaurant Operator Signs Agreement to Open Locations in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson and Union Counties

August 12, 2021 // Franchising.com // HACKENSACK, N.J. - Dave’s Hot Chicken, the Los Angeles-based street food sensation turned breakthrough fast-casual brand, announced today it has inked a franchise agreement with Amit Patel to open 14 locations in northern New Jersey.

“The New Jersey-New York DMA is very important to our growth. Partnering with an experienced operator with deep community ties like Amit will be key to success in the area,” said Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken. “I’m thrilled to introduce Dave’s Hot Chicken to more new customers throughout the East Coast.”

“I’ve been able to form great, lasting relationships with several members of the Dave’s corporate team, which was definitely a big draw for me to the brand. And, the brand has an incredible following of fans who crave the atmosphere and food,” said Patel, whose previous experience includes multi-unit ownership of several Buffalo Wild Wings and Blaze Pizza franchises throughout New Jersey. “I think there will be a lot of excitement in North Jersey for Dave’s Hot Chicken.”

Founded by classically-trained chef Dave Kopushyan and three friends in early 2017, Dave’s Hot Chicken initially opened as a parking lot pop-up, with lines quickly wrapping around the block. 

“I’m happy to have an operator with credentials like Amit join Dave’s Hot Chicken,” said Shannon Swenson, VP of Franchise Development at Dave’s Hot Chicken. “He has a proven track record of success with other restaurant brands, and I anticipate he’ll do the same with Dave’s Hot Chicken in New Jersey.”

Specializing in hot chicken tenders and sliders, with spice levels ranging from “No Spice” to “Reaper,” each restaurant also serves sides of house-made Kale Slaw, creamy Mac & Cheese and crispy Fries or Cheese Fries.

SOURCE Dave’s Hot Chicken

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