It took Leghorn all of 90 minutes to sell out of everything on opening day. The socially-conscious chicken shop with chef pedigree sold around 600 sandwiches, ran out of chicken tenders in 30 minutes, and was completely cleared out just an hour and a half after opening for the first time. There was a line down the street 10 minutes after opening.
Leghorn chef Sieger Bayer and chef/partner Jared Van Camp sell locally farm-raised chickens in house everyday and the restaurant warned customers that they would close when they run out. They've ratcheted the hype over many months and gained a serious following on social media. Still, did they expect the chicken to only last 90 minutes?
"We prepped enough chicken thinking it would get us through the evening hours, maybe 8 or 9 p.m. Instead we got run over—in a good way," Element Collective partner Chris Dexter says. "We're so happy to see that our little idea of a chicken shack with a message resonated with Chicago."