Taking Fried Chicken on the Road

Punk's popular fried chicken rolls out in food truck form for catered events

Punk's fried chicken rolls out in food truck form for catered events

Punk's Simple Southern Food chicken truck
Punk's Chicken Shak rolls out for special events with a southern flavor. Photo courtesy of Clark Cooper Concepts
Punk's Simple Southern Food fried chicken
Punk's fried chicken is the most popular item on the West University eatery's menu. Photo by Debora Smail
Punk's Simple Southern Food chicken truck
Let's get this party started with fried chicken. Photo courtesy of Clark Cooper Concepts
Punk's Simple Southern Food fried chicken
Hush puppies are another Punk's favorite among diners. Photo by Debora Smail
Punk's Simple Southern Food fried chicken
Buttered biscuits a rich partner for Punk's fried chicken. Photo by Debora Smail
Punk's Simple Southern Food chicken truck
Punk's Simple Southern Food fried chicken
Punk's Simple Southern Food chicken truck
Punk's Simple Southern Food fried chicken
Punk's Simple Southern Food fried chicken

A local restaurant group has exited the mobile coffee business, but its food truck rolls on.

Clark Cooper Concepts, the successful restaurant group behind Coppa Osteria, SaltAir Seafood Kitchen, Brasserie 19, Ibizia and the recently-opened Dunlavy on Buffalo Bayou, has switched the concept of the coffee and cinnamon roll truck Mobile Mug to something that allows it to take one of its popular concepts on the road.  

Named for the most popular dish at Rice Village comfort food restaurant Punk's Simple Southern Food, Punk's Chicken Shack will serve as a catering vehicle for the restaurant's signature fried chicken, sides, and desserts. The goal is to bring Punk's "simple Southern charm" to private events across the city, a representative explains. Unfortunately, the truck won't be serving on the street.

Pricing starts at $200 for 50 pieces of fried chicken, $75 for 50 wings (a truck-only exclusive), and kid-friendly chicken tenders for $5 per person. From there, customers may add other Punk's favorites like deviled eggs, pickled shrimp, biscuits, and vegetables (collard greens, potatoes, etc.) to round out the meal. 

Wondering whether the truck is right for an upcoming event? It will make its public debut at a party in front of Punk's on April 23 (National Picnic Day) from 11 am to 3 pm.

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