Together with Robert Earl, who founded the Planet Hollywood chain, Fieri is preparing to launch a second location of his fast-casual chicken restaurant, Chicken Guy!, in Miami, less than a year after the first opened in Disney World’s Disney Springs last August.
He and Earl won’t stop there; after Miami opens, Earl explains, more will open “across the country.”
It’s a promising endeavor, as both Fieri and Earl have substantial experience in launching restaurants. Fieri has had a hand in working with multiple casual fare restaurants across the country, primarily under his own name, while Earl is responsible for not just Planet Hollywood, but also the deli Earl of Sandwich, Italian family-style eatery Buca di Beppo, and Boston’s pizza chain Bertucci’s.
Chicken Guy! will be a bit different than the restauranteurs’ other operations. For starters, it’s fast food, but the chicken is described as “fresh (never frozen), antibiotic free, brine, hand breaded, and pressure fried.” But the “kicker,” as they explain on the company’s Facebook page, is a veritable compendium of 22 sauces meant to accompany the chicken offerings.
Among your standards, like BBQ, bleu cheese, buffalo, honey mustard and sweet ‘n’ sour are a few curveballs, like peri peri (roasted bell peppers, chiles, garlic, paprika, onion, oregano and lemon), Nashville hot honey (honey, red chilies, cayenne, garlic and onion) and avocado crema (avocado, sour cream, cilantro and lime). And, this being a Guy Fieri joint, there’s of course donkey sauce.
No word yet on when or where Flavortownies will be able to get their hands on any combination of the nearly two dozen sauces at Chicken Guy!, but Bay Area locals can at least hope Fieri opts to open a location near his Santa Rosa home base.
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