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Fast-Casual Fried Chicken Taking Flight in Pacific Beach

Country Boy Fried Chicken is coming

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Country Boy Fried Chicken is getting off the ground in Pacific Beach in early 2019. Located at the corner of Garnet Avenue and Cass Street (1001 Garnet), its flagship, 2,000-square-foot space is currently being remodeled by founder Sean Fitzhugh. Having run the concept for three years in the Seattle area, Fitzhugh moved to San Diego to relaunch the fast-casual restaurant, which specializes in freshly fried chicken tenders.

The budding eatery will have to compete with Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the rapidly-growing chain that landed in East County earlier this year and has pledged to open at least 30 locations in the area. Fitzhugh says Country Boy Fried Chicken’s chicken tenders are double-battered, fried-to-order, and available with original or spicy seasoning. The tenders are served in combos along with homemade Texas-style rolls, French fries, and special sauce; all menu items will ring in at less than $10.

The Pacific Beach location will offer late night hours, and Fitzhugh tells Eater that future outposts could include a bar or a drive-thru window. He’s looking to expand into other neighborhoods, including the Gaslamp, North Park, Hillcrest, and the College Area.