By Elena Kadvany
The Chickery coming to Palo AltoUploaded: May 10, 2017
A Washington D.C.-based chicken franchise will be opening its first West Coast location in Palo Alto this summer, the company announced Wednesday.
The Chickery is a quick-service model that serves dishes like chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches and rotisserie chicken. The company plans to open in Barron Park at 3850 El Camino Real, which most recently housed a Papa Murphy's Pizza.
The Chickery describes itself as a "better chicken" franchise that makes its food from fresh, all-natural and never frozen ingredients. The company was founded in 2012 in Toronto, Canada, but later relocated to Washington, D.C.
A spread of dishes from The Chickery. Photo courtesy The Chickery.
Canadian Food Network chef David Adjey and Danny Farbman, owner of a Toronto bagel shop, opened The Chickery together. In a 2012 interview, Adjey said he started restaurant (now a franchise) to give diners a higher quality fast-food option.
"Fast food has notoriously been so bad; it's over processed, there's stuff in our food that we can't even pronounce, and I thought, 'Okay, I'll do fast food and do it with real ingredients,'" he said.
"I don't think people deserve to eat inferior quality food at the expense of a big company being more profitable."
The menu includes items like buttermilk chicken fingers, rotisserie fried chicken, a barbecue pulled chicken sandwich and a kale Caesar salad. Sides include fries, corn bread and gravy, mac and cheese, smashed potatoes and dirty rice, among others.
More than half of The Chickery's business is "done off premises," through catering and delivery partners, according to the company.
Stay tuned for an opening date this summer.