It's an Element Collective day, apparently. News came out earlier today that their long in the wait fried chicken project, Leghorn, has settled on a location as well as a hopeful opening date.
Leghorn will hit the Ukranian Village (959 N. Western Ave.) sometime in January (the same month as their sustainable fish and seafood restaurant, Kinmont).
What was the reason behind the lengthy wait from starting gun to finish line? Element Collective's Chris Dexter tells Chicagoist, "We had a location that we loved, but it kept getting pushed back." They were then overbid on their second choice after "two months negotiating the lease." Dexter also puts some blame on the limited locations due to the fried chicken boom.
Dexter is excited about the 800 square-foot space, saying, "It's got really cool bones," and that "there's already a walk-up counter." Of particular pleasure to Dexter, "I actually live in that neighborhood."
Leghorn's menu will only feature two fried chicken sandwiches (Nashville hot and pickle brined) served with housemade dill pickles on either a buttermilk biscuit (which is also a side item) or housemade bun, as well as French fries, fried pickles, fried chicken tenders and drinks.
They will be donating 2 percent of their gross revenue to organizations that support gay rights, as well as supporting local and sustainable farmers and artisans. They will also offer Leghorn branded birth control for free at the counter, which probably has the Colonel rolling over in his grave.
· Leghorn, The "Socially Conscious" Chicken Restaurant, Finally Has A Location [Chicagoist]
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