Founded in 2017 by Dave Kopushyan, a classically trained chef, and three of his childhood friends, Dave’s Hot Chicken started out as a popular pop-up parking lot and eventually grew into a restaurant chain with four physical locations in South California. And now the fast-casual brand wants to continue to expand in the United States.
No target opening date or proposed location has been announced; the company is looking for local franchise opportunities.
This is where a partnership with a franchise group comes in. Part of Dave’s deal with the company is to expand the channel across the country. In less than seven months, the company has locked down more than 150 seats nationwide, according to a press release.
Flint and Saginaw will house the first Dave’s Hot Chicken locations in Michigan, with Toledo and Dayton being the franchise’s first two cities in Ohio. The restaurant chain plans to open a total of 25 establishments in the two states, the statement said.
“Michigan and Ohio represent a new frontier for us, giving us the opportunity to tap into new markets and make a good first impression,” Bill Phelps, CEO of Dave’s Hot Chicken, said in the statement. “Our team is excited to innovate in the Midwest and present an exciting dining experience to customers.”
Dave’s menu features Nashville-style hot chicken sliders and fillets, with a range of seven spice levels.