17 Nov PRESS: The Pitch – “Slim Chickens opens first local restaurant in Independence”
As I discovered last month when writing about the newest Stroud’s restaurant, you can never get enough fried chicken in the Kansas City metro. A young entrepreneur, 30-year-old Adam Herndon, is on a mission to make sure that the bird — wings and chicken tenders — is even more accessible in this steak-and-potato town.
Herndon opened his first Slim Chickens restaurant last night at 4641 South Cochise in Independence (at the junction of Highway 291 and Highway 40). But look sharp because it’s not that easy to find the brand-new structure built to the specifications of the Arkansas-based Slim Chickens, a chain created in 2003 by Greg Smart and Tom Gordon.
Herndon, a Parkville native, is the local operator and says he’d like to open five more Slim Chickens restaurants in the metro. His next site will be opened next spring.
“I’m looking at Overland Park,” Herndon says.
Unlike other chain fried-chicken operations in the city, Slim Chickens serves only chicken tenders (fried or grilled) and chicken wings, slathered in one of seven different house-made barbecue sauces — ranging from a sticky honey barbecue to the searing “Inferno” variety. The menu also boasts two salads (both prepared with chicken tenders), a chicken-tenders-and-waffle dish and seven side dishes.