Shaq Is Bringing Big Chicken To Orlando

Shaq Is Bringing Big Chicken To Orlando

Orlando will obtain yet another chicken restaurant. This time, Shaq is the person responsible. Shaq is bringing Big Chicken, his chicken restaurant, to Orlando, Florida. Shaq is a pretty big guy, so we can see where the name “Big Chicken” comes from and it definitely suits Shaq. We’re just hoping that Shaq’s Big Chicken is big on flavor as well.

The Legendary Shaquille O’Neal, or Shaq, is bringing his Big Chicken restaurant chain to the Central Florida area! According to Big Chicken’s LinkedIn page, the company signed a 45-unit franchising deal with Florida-based DMD Ventures. This deal will bring Big Chicken to several locations across the state including Orlando, Tampa, Miami and others.

Big Chicken Announced Openings

“With this announcement, we’ve officially sold out the state of Florida and pushed our development pipeline to more than 200!! As some would say… GO BIG or go home!!” Big Chicken wrote in a LinkedIn post recently.

Earlier in 2022, Big Chicken signed a deal with The Panhandle Restaurant Group to open 40 restaurants along Florida’s Panhandle. This is not including their recent 45-unit franchise deal for Central Florida. Big Chicken is a fusion of O’Neal’s home-cooked childhood favorites with today’s trending flavors. As you may know already, we cover local restaurants in our food reviews for Park Ave Magazine, so this is definitely up our alley. We’re excited to see what some of Shaq’s childhood favorites are and how they’re incorporated into the Big Chicken menu.

“From crispy chicken sandwiches and tenders to Cheez-It crusted mac n’ cheese and hand-crafted ice cream shakes, each menu item tells a story all while offering guests an inside look into the life and personality of Shaquille O’Neal,” the restaurant group recently published in a press release.

Orlando’s Big Chicken May Differ From Other Locations

There is a Big Chicken restaurant in Las Vegas Nevada. If the menu is similar to the one in Las Vegas, we may be enjoying several varieties of chicken sandwiches including the Shaq Attack (pepper jack cheese, jalapeño slaw, spicy chipotle bbq sauce) and the Charles Barkley (mac & cheese, crispy fried onions, roasted garlic bbq aioli). To kick your sandwich up a notch, you can choose from several tasty sauces. We’re all about some sauce and we’re sure you are too.

The big chicken menu also features sliders and several side dishes like Dirty Fries (cheese sauce, bacon, banana peppers, chipotle bbq), Jalapeño slaw, and Lucille’s mac n’ cheese. Mmm, are you salivating yet? Their menu sounds awesome! Feel free to check it out here. Just remember, our Central Florida menu’s could be different.

Why Open A Big Chicken In Orlando?

Opening a new restaurant in Orlando seems like a no-brainer: it’s where Shaq lived and played for the Magic for years. Not only that, but Orlando has become one of the best foodie spots in the country. The good people of Orlando are ready for more and more delicious eats, so Big Chicken will fit right in.

Shaq currently has a couple of locations open in the U.S. including California and Las Vegas. There are also two open on different cruise ships. However, that’s nothing compared to the hundreds expected to open in the near future.

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