What Makes Hot Chicken Kitchen a Good Business Model to Invest In?

The premier hot chicken license opportunity is a business model that is simple to run and easy to own

Now that media has whetted the American appetite for hot chicken, Hot Chicken Kitchen is delivering on the growing demand by bringing the authentic hot chicken experience directly to communities across the nation by way of Nashville, Tennessee.

With a small footprint, low overhead and limited staff, Hot Chicken Kitchen is simple to operate, easy to scale and has a business model that is unique in the $90 billion U.S. chicken industry. Hot Chicken Kitchen is the only licensing concept serving up hot kitchen in the traditional Nashville style, while at the same time fostering an inclusivity within our menu to appeal to both hot chicken purists and those who do not like spicy food at all.

Hot chicken fried fresh photographed next to the traditional hot spice blend used in the cooking processFrom an investment standpoint, the menu has the added benefit of being easy to cook and easy to keep quality control high, in addition to providing a different type of dining experience from the standard fast casual or fast food fare. The Hot Chicken Kitchen has designed a dining experience that is extremely affordable (with entrees starting at $6.99) and fast (with six minutes being the average time a customer receives their food after it’s ordered), to keep your line moving quickly and customers happy. Another key differentiator is that customers can also order from us online, at their convenience, and pick up their food from a drive-thru window if they don’t have time to sit down with us.

“We knew that Hot Chicken Kitchen needed to be authentic, high quality, fast and affordable,” says Alan Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Hot Chicken Kitchen. “We recognized that the modern consumer wants options both in terms of what’s on the menu, but also in terms how they can order from us. We spent several years designing a process to ensure that even owners without restaurant experience could master the art of cooking, preparing and serving our food correctly and quickly. Not only does this create an opportunity to serve more people, but it also creates the opportunity to increase the level of profitability owners can expect in their stores.”

Who are we looking for?

With locations in Alabama and Michigan, Hot Chicken Kitchen has proven that the demand for the authentic hot chicken is real, well beyond Music City. As Hot Chicken Kitchen is beginning licensing efforts in earnest, we are ramping up for a rapid nationwide expansion. As a result, we are actively seeking first-time and experienced entrepreneurs who are as passionate about bringing hot chicken to their communities as we are.

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“This is a really exciting business to be a part of,” Alan says. “While we don’t require any previous experience in running or owning restaurants, we do require our owners have the drive to become a meaningful member of their communities. We want our owners to follow our systems and have the energy it takes to grow a new business. Of course, we’re here to help every step of the way, but we really want our owners to be passionate about hot chicken and about this business. We also want owners who are excited to grow with us, who want to scale to multi-unit locations and get in on the ground floor of the hot chicken boom.”

Hot Chicken Kitchen is a community-minded business

One of the best parts of being a business owner is the ability to use your space and your success to give back to your community. Hot Chicken Kitchen encourages our owners to open their restaurants up to community fundraisers and participate with local nonprofits and causes that our owners believe in. We want your community to know that you support them just as much as they support you.

“The ideal owner is someone who values what a business can do to help the community they live in,” says Martin Tunnell, Vice President of Development and co-founder of Hot Chicken Kitchen. “We don’t require it, but customers will support you if they know what kind of person you are and what you believe in. Even though we’re a national brand, we want you to run your business like a local would, and giving back to your community as you see fit is a big part of that.”

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