Chicken Guy ad­ding more in­door seat­ing

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Dewayne Bevil

Chicken Guy is get­ting plumper. The Dis­ney Springs fast-food restaurant that spe­cial­izes in chicken fin­gers and mul­ti­ple dip­ping sauces — and has ties with celebrity chef Guy Fieri — is ex­pand­ing.

Work has be­gun to put in ad­di­tional in­door seat­ing to the eatery us­ing the space that for­merly was the gift shop for the ad­ja­cent Planet Hol­ly­wood restaurant. The cur­rent set-up for Chicken Guy, which opened in mid-2018, has about a dozen ta­bles in­side, seat­ing 38 cus­tomers. Those are sup­ple­mented by pa­tio seat­ing near the gen­eral walk­way for Dis­ney Springs vis­i­tors.

The ad­di­tion of 70 seats will bring the to­tal in­door ca­pac­ity to 108. The ren­o­va­tions, ex­pected to be com­plete in mid-March, also in­clude a sec­ond drink sta­tion and bath­rooms.

The restaurant typ­i­cally has lines lit­er­ally out the door. The con­cept was in­tro­duced by Fieri and restau­ra­teur Robert Earl, who runs brands in­clud­ing Planet Hol­ly­wood and Earl of Sand­wich. Chicken Guy is based on the ground floor of the Planet Hol­ly­wood ob­ser­va­tory-shaped build­ing at Dis­ney Springs.

“Ev­ery­one else is go­ing to hate us, but the lines will be out the door,” Earl told the Sentinel in the days be­fore the new restaurant opened.

The menu in­cludes chicken ten­ders, chicken sand­wiches, chicken sal­ads and sides such as Mac Daddy Mac and Cheese.

Restau­rants in the works for Dis­ney Springs in­clude Beatrix, which will take over the foot­print of the for­mer Bon­gos restaurant, and City Works, lo­cated in the same build­ing as the NBA Ex­pe­ri­ence. Also on tap is an Am­ple Hills Cream­ery ice cream out­let. All three will op­er­ate in the shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment com­plex’s West Side area. There are other Chicken Guy lo­ca­tions in Mi­ami’s Aven­tura Mall and out­lets in foot­ball sta­di­ums in Santa Clara, Calif., and Lan­dover, Md.

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