"It definitely will not be called 'Girl & the Chicken,'" Stephanie Izard says.
The award-winning chef and proprietor of the wildly successful Girl & the Goat spilled some details about a new project she's working on: a fast-food chicken concept.
"It must have been last fall," Izard said. "My boyfriend and I were eating in a chicken place in the mall by Nordstrom. I'm always nervous about where my chicken comes from, and I thought how awesome it would be to have a place where you knew all the chickens came from local farms."
That led to this as-yet-unnamed concept, which Izard hopes to open in River North next spring.
The space will have some seating, but carryout will be the primary focus. The menu will be small -- five chicken dishes, a few sides -- and the whole restaurant will take up less than 2,000 square feet.
"It will start with one restaurant down in River North," she said, "but I'm hoping to open a few other ones. And if it works here, we might look at other cities, find farmers there to work with."
Right now, Izard is gathering together a community of farmers that can supply properly raised chickens in the quantities the restaurant will need. "The whole farming side will be a big project," she says.
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