This Southern Fried Chicken Restaurant Is Taking Over the Country
In just a few weeks, Los Angeles will have another top-notch Southern restaurant to claim its own, thanks to the speedy expansion of Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, a James Beard Award-winning fried chicken concept that first opened in Miami and is swiftly conquering the world. The city is quite lucky—Southern Living considers Yardbird to be one of the best fried chicken establishments in the South, and we're inclined to agree.
According to a new press release, Yardbird's first L.A. location will open in April in the 6,000-square-foot Beverly Center, a luxury shopping destination, with additional space for private events.
"The ultra-hospitable atmosphere will be accented with industrial age fixtures, warm lighting, sleek leather banquettes, eye-catching art, and beer taps adorned with vintage items found in America's most inviting kitchens," reads the release, noting that the space will feature "down-home elements paying homage to Yardbird's rural roots with a SoCal touch."
Yardbird, which is helmed by restaurateur John Kunkel, has locations in Las Vegas, Singapore and Miami, where the restaurant first opened in 2011. The Southern eatery may have a New York outpost in the works, too. In November 2017, Kunkel told Eater that that he was looking into a N.Y.C. location, saying, "It’s a visible market, and we’re on the hunt now."
Indeed, the market for homestyle yet refined Southern dining has grown enormously, which is why the forthcoming L.A. location—and the city's recent addition of its very first Cracker Barrel—is not surprising.
"We are excited to crack open the Los Angeles market and are committed to continually providing our guests with high-quality, made-from-scratch, classic Southern cuisine and exceptional customer service," Kunkel said in the release announcing the news. "Yardbird Los Angeles will offer guests a truly sensational dining experience highlighting the influence of California cuisine that will take the art of hospitality to a new level by combining a light yet flavorful menu with a venue designed for social gatherings."