Shaquille O'Neal's chicken restaurant announces big new Houston-area location
Shaquille O'Neal's chicken chain has revealed its second Houston-area location. Big Chicken will open next year in Richmond at at 3415 FM 762.
O’Neal, an NBA Hall-of-Famer and media personality, is the primary investor in Big Chicken, a rapidly growing restaurant that started in Las Vegas. It serves fried chicken sandwiches with a range of toppings such as the Big & Sloppy (mac and cheese, fried onions), the Big Aristotle (fried onions, Muenster, Memphis-style barbecue sauce), and the Shaq Attack (pepper jack, jalapeño slaw, spicy chipotle barbecue sauce). Sides include Cheez-It-crusted mac and cheese, jalapeño slaw, and fries (both potato and sweet potato). Fried chicken tenders, sliders, and milkshakes are also available.
In August, the company announced that Houston’s first location would open this fall in the Westchase District at 9660 Westheimer Rd. The Richmond location is expected to follow in mid-2023, according to a release.
As CultureMap has reported previously, O’Neal — along with local franchisees Fazil Malik, Frank Malik, and Noordin Jhaver — plan to open 50 Big Chicken locations across Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas. The Maliks operate gas stations and convenience stores via their company Northwest Petroleum, while Jhaver brings experience as a Sonic franchisee via his company Drew Real Estate Holdings.
“We’re thrilled that Fazil, Frank and Noordin will debut their second location in Texas,” Big Chicken CEO Josh Halpern said in a statement. “From the beginning, we’ve known that the trio was a fantastic match for the brand and we’ll continue to celebrate each new location alongside them as if it were the first.”