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Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, the popular Nashville-based chain of hot chicken restaurants, is looking to open in Texas, as an Eater tipster pointed out. The first Austin location will be at 2529 South Lamar Boulevard, the former address of Maria’s Taco Xpress in the South Lamar neighborhood, as reported by Austin Business Journal.

The restaurant chain is known for its hot and crispy chicken, as well as plates of chicken tenders and chicken wings and hot chicken sandwiches. Spice levels range from Southern (no spice) to Shut the Cluck Up (spiciest). Then come the southern side dishes (baked beans, black-eyed pea salads…), desserts (cobbler, banana pudding), drinks and beer.

At Hattie’s open a location in Dallas in 2022 and selected a Houston address in December 2021. A chain representative confirmed these expansion plans in August 2020, noting that Hattie B’s formed a specific Texas LLC (Hattie B’s of Texas, LLC) in August in Dallas.

Maria’s was opened as a food trailer in 1997 by Maria Corbalan, who later turned it into a physical restaurant in 2006. There had been discussions about selling the property for some time, which eventually ended. produced in September 2020. Since the December 2020 installment, there had been a food truck of the same name operating at the same address, but it will be moving to another address, as reported by ABJ.

These Texas expansions have been in the works for some time. Director of Culinary Operations Brian Morris first introduced him to the Los Angeles Times in 2018and co-owner Nick Bishop Jr. mentioned it to the Nashville Business Journal in May 2020.

Bishop Jr. and his father Nick Bishop, Sr. opened the business in Nashville in 2012 and has expanded with locations in Tennessee City and Memphis, as well as Birmingham, Atlanta and Las Vegas. While restaurant dining rooms have remained closed for dine-in service during the pandemic, patios are open for self-service dining. The kitchen also offers a take-out service, as well as Uber Eats deliveries.

Austin’s hot chicken restaurants currently include Tumble 22 and Hawt Chicken.

Update, Monday, October 3, 1:09 p.m.: This article, originally published August 26, 2020, has been updated to include Hattie’s Austin address, Dallas site opening, and Houston site address .

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