CHIK’N, the fast food fried chicken venture from the founders of Chick ‘n’ Sours, has confirmed its second site will open in Islington in the New Year.
As revealed by MCA in August, the Active Partners-backed concept will open at a former Costa site in Upper Street, a larger site than its Baker Street original site.
Co-founder David Wolanski told MCA he and Carl Clarke were continuing to tweak the concept after its debut eight weeks ago, with new dry-rub wings being trialled after the original sticky versions were too messy for a fast food environment.
Wolanski said: “CHIK’N is a completely different model from Chick ‘n’ Sours. We’ve got oads of young kids who’ve never worked in a restaurant before, training them up, systems and processes putting into place – we’re constantly evolving as we go.
“Every day we’re looking to evolve those more and more to get things perfect.
He added: “Islington will be a completely Different demographic. It’s a lot more residential, and of an more evening, drinking area, so it will be a bit of a different model.”
Wolanski said they were looking for a third Chick ‘n’ Sours site, and were planning to redevelop their Haggerston site by adding a bar in the basement.