Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, which has won raves for its hot and spicy chicken, is coming to Lexington. The restaurant is expected to open at 333 East Vine Street about mid-September.
The restaurant site is behind Carson’s Food & Drink in the back half of the former Coach Craft building. The spot will be along the future Town Branch Trail, giving the restaurant some prime real estate, especially for foot traffic, developer Phil Holoubek said.
The restaurant was founded in Mason, Tenn., outside of Memphis, more than 60 years ago by Napoleon “Na” and Maggie Vanderbilt, according to its website. The hot and spicy chicken was recently hailed by GQ magazine, which called it “the best fried chicken in the world.”
Gus’s is usually served on a piece of white bread, the way hot chicken often is, but itallegedly is not truly sear-your-mouth-off hot.
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There are now 22 Gus’s restaurants in 11 states, with restaurants planned for Houston and Cincinnati.
The restaurant won’t have a dedicated parking lot, but Holoubek said there is plenty of street parking in the neighborhood and in a 100-space garage at Main and Rose streets.