01 Sep PRESS – Hotspots: From Slim Pickin’s to Slim Chickens: An Arkansas Food Franchise Sprouts Wings
by Jim G. Miller | Hotspots
Rob Byford fried the first piece of chicken in the very first Slim Chickens that was established in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He now owns three franchises of the burgeoning Arkansas restaurant. Opening March 5th of this year on Higdon Ferry Road, Slim Chickens has already established a healthy clientele among fans of fried chicken here in Hot Springs. “It is a very vibrant place and that makes us excited to be here,” says Byford, who enjoys the lakes and historic culture of the city.
Beginning in 2003, Slim Chickens as a brand has come a long way in eleven and a half years, and it is quickly becoming a sweeping sensation. “We had big dreams and hopes. In the beginning, we were hoping just to get a pay check and maybe be self-employed. We all love food and people, and everyone involved with the company has worked really hard to make it what it is today,” says Byford. The name is a play on slim pickens, which is a clever reference to the company’s modest beginnings, starting small with no money and a simple, grassroots business model. They have now found their niche among the plethora of fried chicken joints popping up all throughout the southern region of the United States. Playing traditional Memphis style blues music like Bo Didley, BB King, and other greats, they cater to the casual diner and provide a unique laid back southern atmosphere that serves nothing but fresh ingredients.