11.16.2010

Fast fried chicken

Hattie’s Chicken Shack, the second incarnation of the Spa City’s go-to spot for Southern-style fried chicken, is about to open its doors in Wilton.

Jasper and Elizabeth Alexander, owners of Hattie’s Restaurant at 45 Phila St., have had the new, casual-style eatery in the works for months in the plaza off Route 50, between Chipotle restaurant and The Meat House.

The 65- to 75-seat space will “pay homage to the original Hattie’s, but with a fresh, modern approach,” the owners said.

A “fast-casual” approach at the second eatery means food will be cooked to order and minimal table service will be available.

Favorite menu items such as the fried chicken sandwich with Cajun coleslaw and Hattie’s regular fried chicken will be available, as well as a grilled chicken sandwich, rock shrimp po-boys, French fries, sweet potato fries, cranberry coleslaw and cucumber salad.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, and an open house and food sampling will follow from 4 to 8 p.m.

Owners will also hold a book-signing to celebrate the inclusion of Hattie’s secret fried chicken recipe in the new book “Bobby Flay’s Throwdown,” published after the recipe was chosen as a winner on the celebrity chef’s “Throwdown!” show on the Food Network.

Hattie’s Chicken Shack will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

For more information, call 584-4790 or go to www.hattiesrestaurant.com.

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