Royals Hot Chicken
Hot chicken is a popular Nashville dish that has started moving into Louisville restaurants. | Courtesy of Royals Hot Chicken Facebook

The hot chicken hounds at Nashville Eater have sniffed out new details about Louisville chef Ryan Rogers’ latest restaurant in NuLu.

Insider Louisville reported in July that the Feast BBQ owner planned to open a hot chicken restaurant in the former Taco Punk space at 736 E. Market St. Rogers at that time declined to comment on the venture.

However, now the restaurant has a name and a timeline for opening. According to its website — tracked down by Nashville Eater — Royals Hot Chicken will open in fall 2015.

Its hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Royals Hot Chicken’s Twitter account also notes the restaurant will operate a bar from inside a shipping container.

The hot chicken joint will have a "shipping container bar." | Courtesy of Royals Hot Chicken's Twitter
The hot chicken joint will have a “shipping container bar.” | Courtesy of Royals Hot Chicken’s Twitter

It’s also clear from social media that Rogers has been playing around with different recipes. The menu could include items such as hot apple pie en carozza; pinto beans, kale and benne; and hot bacon-dressed kale salad with cheddar cheese, green apples and corn crunchies.

Hot chicken is a popular Nashville dish that recently started making its way onto Louisville restaurant menus.

Two other hot chicken restaurants are slated to open in Louisville — Joella’s Hot Chicken on Frankfort Avenue and Joe & Larry’s Chicken Shack in Butchertown.

Chef Michael Crouch, who is opening Joe & Larry’s Chicken Shack, didn’t have any updates to share today on its progress.

“We had some hiccups,” he told IL. But “everything is supposed to be back on course.”

It looks as if Joella’s Hot Chicken will be the first to open. Owner Tony Palambino said they currently are training workers and are slated to open at 3400 Frankfort Ave. (formerly Boombozz) on Sept. 1.

Hours of operation for Joella’s will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Caitlin Bowling
Louisville native Caitlin Bowling has covered the local restaurant and retail scene since 2014. After graduating from the Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Caitlin got her start at a newspaper in the mountains of North Carolina where she won multiple state awards for her reporting. Since returning to Louisville, she’s written for Business First and Insider Louisville, winning awards for health and business reporting and becoming a go-to source for business news. In addition to restaurants and retail business, Caitlin covers real estate, economic development and tourism. Email Caitlin at [email protected]