Chicken and waffles franchise coming to Grand Rapids

Courtesy Chick'nCone

A fast-casual chain known for its portable chicken and waffles is coming to Celebration Village this fall.

Franchisee Ann Murad will open a Chick’nCone location at 2090 Celebration Drive NE, Suite 124, in Grand Rapids’ Celebration Village this fall.

This will be the first Chick’nCone franchise in West Michigan.

Founded in 2014, Chick’nCone is a fast “craft food” brand specializing in a portable version of chicken and waffles known as the Chick’nCone. The menu also includes chicken sandwiches, tenders, fries and shakes.

“Our family of eight (is) excited to be included in what encompasses the true American dream,” Murad said. “We have always taught our family that what really matters in life is to learn something new every day, make a difference and laugh. We instantly fell in love with everything Chick’nCone: the logo, the colors, the vibe, the smell — everything. We dream big and put our passion and drive into everything we do, and we can’t wait to serve you.”

The lease was brokered by Jessica McGowan of Ben M. Muller Realty Company representing the landlord, and Drew Born of RE/MAX representing the tenant.

“Chick’nCone is going to be a fantastic fit for Celebration Village. We eagerly anticipate opening day,” McGowan said.

Before establishing permanent locations, Chick’nCone was a food truck and catering service. Its first brick-and-mortar location in New York City provided social media exposure, franchising interest and national TV coverage on multiple Food Network and Cooking Channel programs. Chick’nCone now has 23 stores, from Dubai to Miami to San Francisco, with 27 more stores scheduled to open in 2022.

Chick’nCone Grand Rapids will support area school athletics through sponsorship and fundraising opportunities and will give discounts to active-duty and retired military members, law enforcement and emergency service workers.

More Chick’nCone is on its websiteFacebook and Instagram.

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