Roving sensation Sticky’s Chicken is gearing up to open its first brick-and-mortar location in Sawyer Yards on Friday, December 13.
A limited menu will run for a few weeks, leading up to a full-blown release of expanded offerings on Saturday, January 11 (2313 Edwards Street). Popular food truck items served out of the gate include Sticky’s-branded sticks, wings, nuggets, and sliders.
The popular food truck, started by siblings Patsy and Benson Vivares in 2014, has served such celebrities over its short three-year run like Houston Texans star DeAndre Hopkins and hip hop icons Bun B and Wiz Khalifa. Its hit “chicken over rice” order is made with a proprietary “sticky” sauce created by the owners’ dad, who grew up in the Philippines. So far its local traction has included a weekly residence at McIntyre’s in the Heights, along with serving up chicken and rice at Travis Scott’s Astroworld fest in 2018 and 2019.
Also expect wine and four beers on tap, with some from nearby Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. The fast-casual eatery will operate with “food truck hours” to start, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Vivareses partnered with three longtime friends from Orange County, California to debut Sticky’s first permanent outpost.
Chef Michael Pham (Shomi Noods, Hottie’s Fried Chicken) will help the menu grow via new wing flavors, Japanese-style fried chicken katsu, burgers, tacos and burritos. Other partners include Tuan Bui (a part owner in Nguyen’s hit Dough & Arrow) and Afters Ice Cream co-founder Andy Nguyen, whose West Coast social media sensation has 27 locations and counting. The 1,500-square-foot newcomer has seating for up to 35 guests, with a counter-service model and two 65-inch flat-screen TVs behind the counter.