Cox’s Hot Chicken in downtown New Albany closed suddenly. | Photo by Kevin Gibson

Roughly six months after it opened, Cox’s Hot Chicken in downtown New Albany suddenly closed its doors this week.

The restaurant was two businesses in one, with one side focused on carry-out and delivery and another focused on being a restaurant and sports bar. The restaurant was located at 110 E. Main St. in a spot that previously was home to the second Big Four Burgers + Beer, and the building is best known in New Albany as the former home of the popular, long-time cafeteria staple South Side Inn.

A sign on the door reads “Exciting news … Coming soon.”

The building is owned by Bertrand Properties LLC, and the lease is held by Matt McMahan, who opened the now-defunct Big Four Burgers restaurants. Cox’s Hot Chicken is owned by Andrew Cox.

McMahan confirmed there is another restaurant working on opening in the building, but declined to say who they are or what the concept will be.

Asked why Cox’s closed so suddenly, McMahan said only, “partnership issues.”

Insider Louisville reached out to the Cox’s Hot Chicken Facebook page, and someone answering messages declined to comment, saying: “I don’t have any further info for you. A new business will be opening up there. See the sign on the door.”

Cox’s Hot Chicken has a Jeffersonville location at 134 Spring St. that also is located in the former home of a Big Four Burgers + Beer. That location will remain open. It recently partnered with Goodwood Brewing to open Goodwood Brewhouse & Live Room in the upstairs portion of the Jeffersonville location.

The Cox’s menu focuses on fried chicken tenders, wings and drums tossed in house-made sauces. It also has a selection of sandwiches, burgers, sandwiches, salads, sides and other items on the menu.

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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]