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It’s Official: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Is Headed To Houston

The famed Memphis fried chicken joint flies the coop and lands in H-Town

A rainbow over the Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken in Austin
A rainbow over the Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken in Austin
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken/Facebook

It’s been a pretty big year for restaurant transplants from Texas cities, like Cane RossoJuiceLand and Hopdoddy Burger Bar and various other concepts from Austin and Dallas. It’s clear that restaurateurs across the country are keeping their eye on Houston’s culinary scene, and diners here are reaping the delicious rewards.

The latest export to hit Houston is Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken. Upstart blog In The Know Houston originally reported the arrival, and CultureMap reports that the Memphis-style chicken joint will open at 1815 Washington Avenue sometime next year. Franchised by Tennessee native Brad Blodgett, Gus’s opened in Austin in 2014, and the Houston outpost marks its first expansion within the Lone Star State.

Gus’s is known for its spicy fried chicken, not to be confused with Nashville’s famous hot chicken. The recipe is a secret family blend of spices (Houston fried chicken blogger Jay Francis believes that it involves cayenne, white pepper, garlic, and Louisiana hot sauce) that the original Gus's owner inherited from his parents.

In addition to the Memphis original and the Austin outpost, Gus's has also expanded to Los Angeles and Detroit within the last year or so.

Construction is currently underway on Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, which will open in the former Throne nightclub. Expect for it to land early next year.

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