[Story updated May 20, 2021 to reflect the May 28, 2021 opening date.]

Dallas-Fort Worth is on fire on the hot Nashville chicken stalls. But while some restaurateurs are taking steps to open a hot chicken restaurant or two in Nashville, North Texas, Dave’s Hot Chicken plans to open up to 10 in Dallas County by 2025.

The first Dave’s in Texas opens on Friday, May 28, 2021 in Far North Dallas, on Preston Road south of the Belt Line.

Dave’s Hot Chicken is a Los Angeles company named after co-founder and chef Dave Kopushyan, who started selling hot chicken during a pop-up in a parking lot in 2017. The company now has 10 restaurants in California and more are in the pipeline. The Los Angeles Times says Dave’s is the first Armenian-run hot chicken shop in town, but by no means the last.

It's just my opinion, but holding four hot Nashville chicken sandwiches seems ... messy.It’s just my opinion, but holding four hot Nashville chicken sandwiches seems … messy.(Courtesy Dave’s Hot Chicken)

The Dallas stores are operated by franchisees David Futrell and Ernest Crawford, described in a press release as childhood best friends and business associates who jointly ran Schlotzky’s restaurants and a catering company. Futrell lives in Dallas and Crawford lives in Plano.

Your Dave’s Hot Chickens will be the first in Texas.

Futrell and Crawford were motivated by the popularity of Nashville Hot Chicken. The first time she visited a Dave’s in California, there was a line “around the block” at 9pm on a Tuesday.

“The chicken was so good that I waited in that line for seconds again,” Futrell said in a statement. “After my first bite of one of their chicken tenders, I just knew the people in D-FW would love it.”

The restaurant has a tiny menu: fried chicken tenders that are served solo or on a slider; plus side dishes of mac and cheese, coleslaw and french fries. Nashville Hot Chicken is known for its distinctive Cayenne flavor and Dave’s offers it in seven tiers. Extra hot and “reaper” can make you sweat.

The first Dave’s in Dallas was scheduled to open in May 2021 – and it’s on time, a rarity for restaurants, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. Dave’s will compete with local Hot Chicken companies that are already open: Palmer’s Hot Chicken, Lucky’s Hot Chicken, Hot Chicks, and Ricky’s Hot Chicken.

An iconic Nashville-based restaurant group, Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is slated to open in Dallas in 2021 as well.

The first Dave’s Hot Chicken in Texas is located at 14750 Preston Road (between Spring Valley and Belt Line Roads), Dallas. It opens on May 28th, 2021.

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