Luella’s Gospel Bird opens today in Bucktown to serve fried chicken and weekend brunch in a casual little space at 2009 N. Damen Avenue. It’s a success story for chef/owner Darnell Reed, an independent restaurateur who opened his first spot, Luella’s Southern Kitchen, in 2015 in Lincoln Square. The restaurant’s name is inspired by the book Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time. The phrase “gospel bird” refers to fried chicken as a meal to celebrate special occasions for African-Americans in the South.
Reed’s Lincoln Square restaurant earned Michelin Bib Gourmand recognition last year. In Bucktown, he’ll serve three types of chicken: the signature Gospel Bird with a tangy sauce, fried chicken without the sauce, and a smoked jerk variety. Reed’s also excited about brunch which starts this weekend. Shrimp and grits, chicken-fried short rib with biscuits and gravy, and chicken and waffles are part of the menu.
Take a look at the space and the food below. Luella’s Gospel Bird, which has taken over the the former Sublime Sushi space, opens today.
Luella’s Gospel Bird, 2009 N. Damen Avenue, (773) 904-7704, open noon to 9 p.m. on weekdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for weekend brunch; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for weekend dinner.