Dave’s Hot Chicken Bringing Units to Florida With Signed Deal in Orlando
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Dave’s Hot Chicken Bringing Units to Florida With Signed Deal in Orlando

Seasoned Multi-Unit Operators Ink Agreement with Nashville Hot Chicken Concept to Open Locations in Area

October 05, 2021 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, Fla. - Dave’s Hot Chicken announced today it has inked a franchise agreement with multi-unit operators Scott Strahm and George Estep to open 15 locations in the Orlando area, specifically Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola and Brevard Counties. These will be the first Dave’s Hot Chicken locations to open in Florida. Strahm and Estep both bring decades of multi-unit operating experience of several different restaurant franchise brands with them to Dave’s Hot Chicken.

“I am thrilled to bring on such experienced operators like Scott and George to Dave’s Hot Chicken. Talented individuals like them are exactly who we want to grow the brand,” said Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken. “I can’t wait for the first Dave’s Hot Chicken to open in the Sunshine State.”

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. 

“Florida, and specifically Orlando, is important for us in our growth, making it vital that we bring on a qualified operator to lead our entrance into the market,” said Shannon Swenson, VP of Franchise Development at Dave’s Hot Chicken. “Scott and George hit all the marks that we’re looking for, and I anticipate great success for them.”

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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