Nashville Hot Chicken Restaurant Hattie B’s opens in Austin

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, the popular Nashville-based hot chicken restaurant chain, is looking to open in Texas, an Eater insider pointed out. Austin’s first location will be at 2529 South Lamar Boulevard, the former address of Maria’s Taco Xpress in the South Lamar neighborhood, as reported Austin Business Journalfrom autumn 2023.

The restaurant chain is known for its hot and crispy chicken, as well as its chicken tender and wing plates and hot chicken sandwiches. Spice levels range from Southern (no spice) to Shut the Cluck Up (spiciest). Then come the southern side dishes (baked beans, black-eyed pea salads…), desserts (cobbler, banana pudding), drinks and beer.

The Austin location will include more cocktails such as alcoholic slushies and cocktails on tap, similar to its restaurants in Dallas and Atlanta. The physical space will include indoor and outdoor spaces.

Hattie’s opened a Dallas location in 2022 and chose a Houston address in December 2021. A chain representative confirmed those expansion plans in August 2020, noting that Hattie B’s has formed a specific Texas LLC (Hattie B’s of Texas, LLC) in August in Dallas.

Maria’s was opened as a food trailer in 1997 by Maria Corbalan, who later turned it into a physical restaurant in 2006. There had been discussions about selling the property for some time, which eventually ended. produced in September 2020. Since the December 2020 installment, there had been a food truck of the same name operating at the same address, but it will be moving to another address, as ABJ reported.

These Texas expansions have been in the works for some time. Director of Culinary Operations Brian Morris first introduced him to the Los Angeles Times in 2018, and co-owner Nick Bishop Jr. mentioned it to the Nashville Business Journal in May 2020.

Bishop Jr. and his father Nick Bishop, Sr. opened the business in Nashville in 2012 and has expanded with locations in Tennessee City and Memphis, as well as Birmingham, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Austin hot chicken restaurants currently include Tumble 22 and Hawt Chicken.

Rendering of Hattie B’s in Austin.
Rendering: Hattie B’s

Update, Thursday, October 13, 9:34 PM: This article, originally published August 26, 2020, has been updated to include Hattie’s Austin address, Dallas location opening, Houston location address , new photos and renders of the Austin location, and more details.

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