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Spicy chicken restaurant opening second location in Lexington

Pamela Holland of Lexington puts out a fresh batch of chicken at Richie’s chicken off Georgetown Road. Soon fans who live on the south side won’t have to drive across town; another location is coming to Saron Drive. But don’t look a Richie’s sign anymore; the owner has changed the name to Grimes’s at both locations, he said.
Pamela Holland of Lexington puts out a fresh batch of chicken at Richie’s chicken off Georgetown Road. Soon fans who live on the south side won’t have to drive across town; another location is coming to Saron Drive. But don’t look a Richie’s sign anymore; the owner has changed the name to Grimes’s at both locations, he said. swalker@herald-leader.com

Richie’s, the Cincinnati-based soul-food restaurant that specializes in spicy fried chicken and fish, is opening a second location in Lexington.

There is already a Richie’s on the north side of town at 325 Roosevelt Boulevard, just off Georgetown Road. But now the area just off Tates Creek and Man o ’War is getting in on the spicy wings.

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Richie’s is opening a new location on the south side of Lexington off of Man o’ War Boulevard. Silas Walker swalker@herald-leader.com

The new Richie’s will be at 4248 Saron Drive, near a Walmart Neighborhood Market. Franchise owner Jeff Grimes said the new restaurant will be opening in early August; the original Lexington store is staying open.

“The people of Central Kentucky and Lexington kept asking for another one closer to Nicholasville and the south side,” Grimes said.

In addition to chicken and fish, Richie’s also sells a slew of sides, including corn bread, candied yams, cole slaw, corn on the cob, green beans, greens, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, potato wedges, red beans and rice and smoked baked beans.

No word yet on when it will be opening; for fans on Reddit, it can’t be soon enough. “This is both great news and terrible news,” one wrote. “I now live within a mile of Richie’s and don’t have to drive to the North end to get fried chicken wings. My health and waist line may take a hit because of this.”

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