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Aggie favorite chicken fingers spot trumpets 2nd Houston-area outpost with a reveille-filled party
One of Aggieland’s favorite restaurants is opening inside the Houston city limits. Layne’s Chicken Fingers will open this Saturday, February 25 in Garden Oaks.
Located next to the Halal Guys at 3008 Ella Blvd., the 1,200-square-foot restaurant will only be open for to-go service. Diners have the choice of walking in and ordering at a counter or utilizing a drive-thru lane.
The interior features a mural.Photo by Sergio Trevino
The restaurant will serve Layne's tightly focused menu of chicken tenders, chicken tender sandwiches, Texas toast, crinkle-cut fries, potato salad, and milkshakes. All of its self-described "Soon to be Famous" chicken fingers are cut by hand, marinated, and breaded on-site. They can be paired with one of four dipping sauces: Layne’s Secret Sauce, described as "the perfect blend of tangy, spicy, zesty, and peppery flavors;" buttermilk ranch; barbecue; and honey mustard.
The Garden Oaks location follows up on a Katy location that opened in 2021. It will enter a competitive marketplace that’s near a number of fast food chicken restaurants include Raising Cane’s, Popeyes, KFC, and El Pollo Loco. Despite the number of nearby choices, franchisee Masroor Fatany, a graduate of Texas A&M who also owns seven Halal Guys restaurants across the Houston area, expresses confidence that his restaurant will find an audience.
“This location is the perfect next step for the Layne’s legacy,” Fatany said in a statement. “We’ve seen such incredible growth and demand for Layne’s across the state and our expansion into H-Town just made sense. We can’t wait to open up for drive thru and walk up service on Ella Blvd.”
Layne’s will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 10:30 am. Festivities include a DJ, giveaways, and sampling from 11 am-2 pm.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to open another location in the Houston area,” Layne’s partner Matt O’Reilly added. “With the massive success we’ve seen at our Katy location, we are excited to bring our chicken fingers inside city limits.”