Chick-fil-A who? Last week, award-winning Raleigh chef Ashley Christensen announced she’ll be opening a fast-casual chicken sandwich restaurant chain in the Triangle. The chain will look pretty different to Christensen’s other restaurants—Poole’s Diner, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey and Chuck’s—and the presently nameless chain will move away from the downtown Raleigh area and into places like Durham’s University Hill Shopping Center and Cary’s Parkside Town Commons.
Christensen partnered with friend Michael Olander Jr. and his investment company, MDO Holdings, on the new venture. Together, they plan to shake up the food service industry by promoting fairness, equality and kindness in their restaurants and for their customers and staff.
With this in mind, the duo hopes to bring Christensen’s mouth-watering dishes to a larger community. The menu will feature five chicken sandwiches along with sides, salads, milkshakes and fried pies. And, not-so-common to fast food places, the chain will also serve beer and wine.
This new AC venture presents Southern cooking with a simple platform: there’s no extravagant theme or ideal customer but all food lovers will feel welcomed to gather for a great meal and good conversation. Look for a name, a full menu and other updates in the coming months.