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It’s Official: Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Is Headed to Deep Ellum

The family-owned Nashville chain will open its first Texas restaurant in 2021

a plate of hot Nashville-style chicken served on red and white checkered paper, with pickles and cole slaw.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken will open its first Texas restaurant in Deep Ellum in 2021.
Joseph Woodley

Back in August, Eater Austin reported that Nashville hot chicken chain Hattie B’s had formed a business LLC specific to Texas. Now we know why. The first Texas location of Hattie B’s Hot Chicken will open at 3000 Main Street in Deep Ellum sometime in summer 2021.

The family-owned restaurant, which was founded in Nashville in 2012, is wildly popular for its extra-spicy, extra-crispy, extra-juicy chicken — the hottest of which is known as Shut the Cluck Up. Other menu items include Southern classics like baked beans, black-eyed pea salad and cobbler.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the Deep Ellum spot,” said Nick Bishop Jr., who co-founded the restaurant with his father Nick Bishop, Sr., in a statement. “We want to be in vibrant neighborhoods that bring people from all over the city to enjoy our hot chicken and cold beer and some good times.”

The building at 3000 Main Street, which was previously a leather store, will be revamped to add a spacious patio, perfect for people watching in the heart of Deep Ellum. The Texas expansion has apparently been in the works for a while. In 2018, director of culinary operations Brian Morris mentioned it in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, and Nick Jr. mentioned it to the Nashville Business Journal again in May.

The restaurant also has location in Atlanta, Memphis, Las Vegas, and Birmingham, Alabama.

No word yet on a more precise opening timeline, but stay tuned for details. In the meantime, scope out the Hattie B’s menu here.

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