Joella’s Hot Chicken to open Fort Wayne restaurant

Joella’s Hot Chicken, a Louisville-based fast casual restaurant known for its hot chicken and made-from-scratch Southern side dishes, will open its fourth Indiana location in Fort Wayne at 1715 Apple Glen Blvd. by the end of 2019.

The newest Indiana location joins two Indianapolis-area restaurants and one store in Bloomington.

“We are excited for hot chicken fans in Fort Wayne to get a taste of our spiced just right hot chicken and

Southern side dishes,” Christina Happel, regional vice president of operations for Joella’s, said in a statement. “Guests in Indy and Bloomington have embraced Joella’s, and we are thrilled that later this year we will be

able to serve more of this great state by opening in Fort Wayne.”

Today, Joella’s announced a total of nine new stores that will open throughout Georgia, Florida, Indiana and

Ohio, expanding its footprint to five states.

Since 2015, Joella’s has been serving up a Southern-inspired menu that includes:

• Hot chicken: Hot chicken is the restaurant’s specialty. Joella’s starts with all-natural chicken that is brined

to lock-in juiciness and flavor. Favorite menu items include Jumbo Tenders, Big Wings and Joella’s

famous Chicken and Waffles. Joella’s also offers a vegan chicken option.

• Heat levels: Joella’s serves its hot chicken with your choice of six unique heat levels: Southern (no heat),

Spiked Honey, Ella’s Fav, Tweener, Hot and Fire-in Da-Hole.

• Made-from-scratch Southern sides: Made in-store daily, guests can enjoy the many made-from-scratch

side dishes such as Creamy Mac & Cheese, Green Beans with Bacon, Sweet Vinegar Slaw, Parm Garlic

Fries and Kale Crunch Salad.

Joella’s Hot Chicken will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and kids eat free every Tuesday

beginning at 4 p.m. Guests can dine-in or pick-up, with a drive thru available at certain stores. Joella’s also

offers a full catering menu. Each store also serves Boylan Craft Sodas, and a selection of canned craft beers.

Details for the grand opening will be announced in the near future, including job opportunities and plans to

give away “Free Hot Chicken for a Year” to the first 100 customers in line during grand opening events. For

more information about Joella’s Hot Chicken or to see the full menu, visit Joellas.com.

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