Hot Chikn Kitchn Takes Flight, Taps Dave Wood To Lead Rapid Growth Plans

Hot Chikn Kitchn Takes Flight, Taps Dave Wood To Lead Rapid Growth PlansSarasota, FL  (  Hot Chikn Kitchn, the fast casual restaurant brand that serves up Nashville-style food that’s kicked up with their signature premium sauces, is prepared to spread their wings and explore new markets. The company announced that they currently have four new locations under development, and they’ve brought on restaurant industry pro Dave Wood to lead their franchising efforts.

“We are thrilled to be experiencing growth at such an unprecedented time. Hot Chikn Kitchn was launched during the pandemic and the company has been full speed ahead since inception,” said Mike Sarago, CEO and Co-founder of Hot Chikn Kitchn. “Dave brings extensive experience in franchising, particularly within the restaurant space. His expertise, leadership and guidance will be critical as we launch into this nationwide growth initiative.”

The company recruited Dave Wood to spearhead franchising for the brand. Wood joined Hot Chikn Kitchn in late 2021 and hit the ground running to expand the company’s presence. He currently also serves as Founder and CEO for Mahana Fresh LLC- a role he will continue, while leading the franchise growth for Hot Chikn Kitchn.

“We are actively looking for partners and team members to join us in our rapid growth and to bring our bold flavors and quality customer service to even more communities,” said Dave Wood, Chief Strategic Officer for Hot Chikn Kitchn. “Within a short time, we’ve been able to open up franchise opportunities and are excited to expand our proven concept. We’ve crafted an attractive franchising package that offers partners a low initial investment and quick ROI.”

Hot Chikn Kitchn was established in 2020 by co-founders Mike and Anthony Sarago, along with founding Chef Freddy Gilmore. The flagship restaurant was opened in Woodbridge, VA with the idea of bringing Nashville-style food to the area and across the east coast. The restaurant specializes in hot chicken tenders and sandwiches that are prepared with made-to-order spices. Hot Chikn Kitchn lives up to its name with their unique and premium hot sauces that each infuses a different type of pepper.

In addition to in-restaurant dining, Hot Chikn Kitchn also offers online ordering for pickup, delivery through third party partners, and catering.

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About Hot Chikn Kitchn

Hot Chikn Kitchn is a Nashville-style food concept that was born from one of contemporary history’s most challenging periods, the global pandemic. Co-founders Mike and Anthony Sarago decided to meet the moment by creating a restaurant that would unite people from all walks of life, reminding the world that despite adversity, we have the strength to survive and thrive and can do so with great tasting food.

In 2020, Hot Chikn Kitchn opened their flagship location in Woodbridge, VA. The restaurant features a flavor-packed menu that is complimented by a signature line of premium sauces.

In 2022, Hot Chikn Kitchn launched a nationwide franchising program to bring their fun, fast-casual restaurant brand to more communities.

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Kim Miller
Ink Link Marketing