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Chicken challenge: Does new Lexington restaurant have the best Southern fried chicken?

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken features spicy Southern fried chicken, classic sides, pie and more. The restaurant will finally open in Lexington “on or about” Oct. 15.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken features spicy Southern fried chicken, classic sides, pie and more. The restaurant will finally open in Lexington “on or about” Oct. 15.

It’s finally here: A chance to get you some great Memphis chicken right here in Lexington. Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken will be opening on or around Oct. 15, according to co-owner Gus Oyler.

The Tennessee-based chain (Coach Cal, who used to coach in Memphis, is said to be a fan) has been working on opening a restaurant on Vine Street behind Carson’s for more than a year.

The doors are expected open this weekend for a charity preview, a test run that will benefit Central Kentucky Riding for Hope.

But on Monday, you should finally be able to stand in line at 333 East Vine Street for spicy fried chicken.

The restaurant is designed to reflect the original Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, with a deliberately low-key and off-the-beaten-path feel, except for that eye-popping mural in the side of the building, of course. The outside also features yellow and white awnings and a neon sign.

Inside, it has block walls covered with signs, a concrete floor and a tin and wood ceiling over the checkered table in the main dining area. There’s also a group seating area with chandeliers and a board wall. In addition to the requisite TVs, there’s a jukebox that pumps out music.

The kitchen, where the chicken magic happens, will serve a menu of crispy fried chicken, traditional sides such as slaw, baked beans, potato salad, seasoned fries, mac and cheese and more. To finish, there will be a daily selection of pies such as pecan, chess, chocolate chess, sweet potato and coconut. The Lexington location also will serve beer as well as soft drinks.

So warm up your chicken pickin’ fingers, and be prepared to stand in line because this has been a long time coming.

A new sign was installed at Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken last year prior to its opening.

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