Few things get the internet as wound up as someone voicing an opinion about pretty much anything. It doesn’t have to be a particularly groundbreaking opinion to alert the keyboard warriors, it just has to be an opinion that differs from their own. Once a particular topic gets enough attention, it essentially becomes a satire of itself. The more wound up you get, the funnier it becomes (at least to people who enjoy arguing from behind a screen). There’s the eternal pineapple on pizza debate, and of course, the great chicken sandwich war.
Two years ago, Popeye’s unknowingly started a war that shows no sign of slowing down. After introducing their new chicken sandwich on Twitter, other fast food jumped in to remind the public that they did it first. Fans of Popeye’s, Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s – basically anywhere you can get a chicken sandwich picked a side and defended their chicken of choice’s honor. Now, legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk is throwing his bun in the chicken sandwich game as well.
Joining forces with California chef Andrew Bachelier, the newest competitor in the chicken sandwich games will open their doors in 2022. The duo’s 1,500-foot restaurant in Encinitas will offer a to-go option, but will also feature full-service dining.
Although the original plan was to focus the menu entirely on chicken sandwiches, the restaurant will now offer a larger variety of options. The restaurant’s name, however, remains an homage to the idea that sparked it all: Chick N’ Hawk.
Ok, so the name is actually a partial reference to Hawk’s nickname, “Birdman,” and a nod to the Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn. But the name arguably makes even more sense as a celebration of chicken sandwiches. Prior to nailing down the details of their restaurant, the chef-skater duo even traveled far and wide to sample the country’s most famous chicken sandwiches. For research, obviously.
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Chick N’ Hawk is Tony Hawk’s first leap into the world of restaurant ownership, but Bachelier’s roughly two decades as a chef gives them a competitive edge. Though Hawk won’t be cooking up dishes himself, he’ll remain the restaurant’s head taste-tester as well as its design consultant.
Essentially, Hawk will be snacking on the best chicken sandwiches around in a 1,500-foot space decked out in all things ‘90s skate and surf culture. If he one day decides he doesn’t want the job anymore, *tucking a napkin into my shirt* I’m more than happy to pick up the slack.