Fan-favorite Dave’s Hot Chicken is coming to Wayne, New Jersey

Buckle up, the images you are about to see are mostly food porn. You have been warned.

It was announced this week that Dave’s Hot Chicken should open a store in New Jersey.

The California restaurant will move into the West Belt Plaza mall at 57 Route 23 in Wayne, NJ.

Daveshotchicken via instagram

Daveshotchicken via instagram

I have to admit that my mouth is watering just looking at their food, but what intrigues me the most about this chain is its origin story.

Per Company Instagram:

“In 2017, 4 childhood friends with $900 in savings started a pop-up called Dave’s Hot Chicken in an East Hollywood parking lot.”

The Chicken received great reviews, and the friends’ pop-up went viral on social media.

Daveshotchicken via instagram

Daveshotchicken via instagram

According their website:

“A year later, the boys had the money to open a shop in a trendy mall decorated by local street performers, where the crowds continued to swell with hour-plus wait times. From there, the incredibly coveted “Hot and Spicy” strains created a cult following with rave reviews in the United States and Canada. “

I’m here for a “rags to riches” origin story, especially if it means I can eat something spicy.

You don’t have to be a spice fan to enjoy their chicken (although that certainly helps), there is an array of spices.

Daveshotchicken via instagram

Daveshotchicken via instagram

The heat levels are as follows:

No spice

light light

Benign

Medium

Hot

Very hot

combine

“Reaper”, for those who don’t know, refers to the Carolina Reaper pepper, which is 100 times hotter than a jalapeño pepper.

Daveshotchicken via instagram

Daveshotchicken via instagram

Sign. Me. At the top.

The Wayne location of Dave’s Hot Chicken is expected to open later this year, likely in the winter.

Will this be the first of several NJ locations? We can hope!

Daveshotchicken via instagram

Daveshotchicken via instagram

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Kylie Moore of New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Kylie. You can follow Kylie on instagram.

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