Signed Agreement Bringing First Dave’s Hot Chicken Locations to New York
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Signed Agreement Bringing First Dave’s Hot Chicken Locations to New York

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February 17, 2022 // // NEW YORK - Dave’s Hot Chicken announced today it has inked a franchise agreement with Suhel Ahmed and Saurabh Desai to open 20 locations in New York City, focusing on the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

“It was a logical choice to make our entrance into The Big Apple and establish our presence in one of the premier markets in the world,” said Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken. “The experience of Suhel and Saurabh will be a driving force for our successful entrance into New York, and I have tremendous confidence in them.”

“We were looking to expand with a new franchise, and Dave’s Hot Chicken was on our radar from the beginning,” said Suhel. “After doing our due diligence, we thought they were a perfect fit. The menu is simple, the product is unmatched and the design and concept align exactly with what the modern consumer wants.”

Suhel and Saurabh have over a decade’s worth of experience as multi-unit franchisees with Dunkin’, operating several locations throughout New York and North Carolina. They have extensive knowledge of site development as well, building stores from the ground up, opening in-line locations and end caps.

“Dave’s Hot Chicken is special because their product is so much more differentiated than others in the chicken category. They simply rise above the competition,” said Saurabh. “We didn’t want to be part of just another chicken concept, and Dave’s is certainly one-of-a-kind.”

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

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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