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Ambitious Heights restaurant rises from the dead: Once shelved project brings unique 3-day cooking method

Ambitious Heights restaurant rises from the dead with unique method

Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar fried chicken
Liberty Kitchen's fried chicken will get a dedicated home now that F.E.E.D. TX has taken over the Church's Chicken at Heights and 6th. Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar/Facebook
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Owner Lance Fegen expects the restaurant to open in March. Courtesy photo
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Chef Travis Lenig's recipe is a three-day process.  Courtesy of Facebook/Liberty Kitchen
Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar fried chicken
Lance Fegen liberty kitchen BRC Gastropub
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A once shelved fried chicken restaurant has been given new life in the Heights. F.E.E.D. TX, the restaurant group responsible for BRC, Petite Sweets and Liberty Kitchen, has revived its plans to open a dedicated fried chicken joint.

"We took over the lease at Church's," executive chef/onwer Lance Fegen tells CultureMap. Specifically, it's the Church's Chicken location that's catty-corner from Revival Market at Heights Blvd and 6th Street.

 The chicken takes three days to prepare thanks to a combination of brining and soaking in buttermilk for a distinctive texture and flavor.   

Originally known as Lee's Chicken and Donuts after partner Lee Ellis, the group had planned to open the concept in the space behind the original Liberty Kitchen, but it wasn't viable. Fegen says that they haven't decided on whether to keep the original name or call it something else, but it will open quickly.

"We'll probably be rolling in March," he predicts.

Whatever it's called, the restaurant will give a permanent home to the fried chicken that's served as a Wednesday special at Liberty Heights and Sundays at Liberty River Oaks. As described by chef Travis Lenig, the chicken takes three days to prepare thanks to a combination of brining and soaking in buttermilk for a distinctive texture and flavor.  

Already home to The Chicken Ranch and The Bird House and nearby to Funky Chicken and Barbecue Inn, The Heights has become Houston's home for great fried chicken, which just goes to show you can never have too much of a good thing.