Sweet and saucy chicken wings are coming to Sawyer Yards. Sticky’s Chicken is putting the finish touches on its new brick and mortar restaurant.
Pending final approvals, the restaurant should open at the beginning of December. When it does, the new Sticky’s will serve as a permanent home to for the signature wings, sticks (chicken over french fries), and chicken and rice plates that earned wide acclaim on the food truck.
Brother-and-sister duo Patsy and Benson Vivares launched Sticky’s Chicken in 2014. The truck’s signature sauce — a secret family recipe developed by their father that’s sweet, spicy, and smoky — quickly drew an enthusiastic following.
“It’s a sweet-garlic-barbecue flavor,” Patsy Vivares tells CultureMap. “You can taste an Asian influence, but it’s not strong. You can also taste Texas barbecue. It’s simple, but it’s also kind of complicated.”
Having a full-size kitchen will allow Sticky’s to expand its menu with dishes like a chicken sandwich. The Vivares worked with a chef consultant from California to add new varieties of chicken and rice, such as a Japanese-inspired fried chicken katsu. In addition to feeding the dining room, the kitchen will also provide enough room for catering and to-go.
Vivares says that she and her brother chose Sawyer Yards for its centralized location. Since signing the lease, they’ve been thrilled to see a number of new openings, including Poitín and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, as well as upcoming concepts like Dumpling Haus and Urban South Brewery.
To build a space that matched their vision for a clean, industrial look, the owners turned to local firm Construction Concepts (Bosscat Kitchen, Ninfa’s).
“They had a vision. It wasn’t one of these over-the-top ideas. They just wanted to keep it clean and sleek,” Construction Concepts owner Joshua Weisman tells CultureMap. “To me, it’s neat and fresh and really focuses on the food they do.”