American joint "Dave's Hot Chicken" to open in Canada

May 17 2020, 11:51 am

While one famous chicken chain is planning a partial exit from the Canadian market, another one is just getting started.

The¬†Los Angeles-based fast-casual concept¬†Dave’s Hot Chicken is planning to open 30 locations in Canada through a deal with¬†prominent businessman and Toronto Raptors founder John Bitove.

This is the first international deal for Dave’s Hot Chicken, a brand that was founded by classically-trained chef Dave Kopushyan and three friends.

The concept got its start as a parking lot pop-up in early 2017 before opening its first brick-and-mortar outpost in East Hollywood.

Described as a “street food sensation,” Dave’s will initially be focusing on opening locations in BC and Ontario, but¬†Bitove said the ultimate goal is to eventually bring the brand to communities across the country.

Dave’s specializes in hot chicken tenders and sliders, along with suped-up sides like house-made kale slaw, mac and cheese, and crispy fries or cheese fries.

The spice levels at this chain range from ‚ÄúNo Spice‚ÄĚ to ‚ÄúReaper.”

 

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In addition to the Canadian expansion, Dave’s has several locations in¬†Southern California and is expanding across the US too.

We’ll keep you posted as more details about these openings are released.

 

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We’ve seen various buzz-worthy American chicken chains make their way north of the border over the past few years, Chick-fil-A landed in Toronto in summer 2019 and Popeye’s has been rapidly expanding in BC as well.