By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 29, 2022 at 1:33 PM

Dave’s Hot Chicken, the Los Angeles-based, celebrity-backed, pop-up turned fast-casual franchise, is planning a second Milwaukee area location at 544 E. Ogden Ave. in the East Point Market in the former home of Accelerated Physical Therapy.

Like its other locations, Dave's will offer the brand’s signature menu of Halal-certified Nashville style hot chicken tenders and sliders – available at seven spice levels from “No Spice” to “Reaper” (waiver required – plus sides including kale slaw, mac ‘n cheese and fries.

The franchise will be operated by Ron Stokes and Mike Pranke who also operate Roaring Fork Restaurant Group, the parent company of Qdoba Mexican Eats.

The two opened their first Dave's Hot Chicken franchise last January in Menomonee Falls and are expected to open locations in Racine, Kenosha, Green Bay and the Fox Valley moving forward.

Arman Oganesyan, former Bouchon chef Dave Kopushyan and brothers Tommy and Gary Rubenyan, launched the wildly popular Dave’s Hot Chicken concept as a pop-up in 2017. Since then, the brand has made a splash through both rapid expansion and celebrity investment from folks including Drake, former California First Lady Maria Shriver, Red Sox owner Tom Werner, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and Good Morning America anchor and retired NFL player Michael Strahan.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.