Slim Chickens, the restaurant known for its chicken tenders and 17 house dipping sauces, is scheduled to open its first location on a military installation March 13 at Fort Leonard Wood.
Located at 7068 Nebraska Ave., the new restaurant will take on the space of where Blimpies was. The hours of operation for both the dining room and drive-through will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.
Sam Rothschild, Slim Chickens chief operating officer, said he is excited to chart new territory with the company’s first store on a military installation.
“I went to Fort Leonard Wood and it’s very exciting what you guys do over there,” he said. “The renovation of that Blimpies will be a great fit for the base, looking at the food service on the (post), and knowing in my heart that Slim Chickens’ products and our hospitality should do very well with the troops that are coming in and out of that (installation).”
While the company has locations stretching from Lebanon, Missouri, to London to Kuwait, its southern aesthetic harkons back to its Fayetteville, Arkansas, origins.
“We’re all about providing great food and southern hospitality and giving back to the communities that we serve,” Rothschild said. “We’re southern at heart.”
On the menu is chicken tenders, fried and grilled, wraps, wings, salad, chicken and waffles and sides like potato salad and fried okra.
The southern-style kitchen isn’t the only thing that sets Slim Chickens apart, restaurant manager Samdra Bryant said.
“We don’t (cook) anything until you physically come and order it,” she said. “There’s no sitting in the window – we don’t have a heat lamp or anything to keep things warm, so as soon as you order, we drop it and cook it right there to order.”
Despite the food being cooked-to-order, wait times should not be longer than a few minutes, even in the drive-through, Rothschild said.
“We can anticipate how many cars we’re going to do and how many people we’re going to serve,” he said. “So we can still get you in and out of the line in about 3 minutes.”
Phone-ahead catering will be available for pick-up, Bryant said.
Although the chain has been growing in popularity, with its 100th restaurant projected to open this year, Slim Chickens is eagerly awaiting to see the performance of its first military location, Rothschild said.
“I think if we see a good percentage of (the installation’s population) on a regular basis, at least once a week or so, it should be a really good volume restaurant for us, but I really have no gauge or barometer to go from, so this will be really interesting for us” he said.
His enthusiasm is matched only by what he says is the company’s love of serving those who serve.
“Not to be cheeky, but we love the military,” he said. “Fort Leonard Wood is a great place for us to get started.”
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