In the early hours of Valentines Day 2021, Chicken Head’s, restaurant which is more than symbolically located in the “heart” of the NorthWest Shopping center, suffered damage (vandalism) to critical equipment forcing the immediately closure of the restaurant.
Owner Anthony Head shared this post on facebook:
“While our streak of making every payroll will remain intact, we will not be able to resume operations open until we replace it and ultimately relocate.
What started out as a “love letter” to our city has become, in just two short years, a destination fried chicken spot in Northwest Dayton. As one of the few black owned restaurants in the area, we were just beginning to hit our stride. Our community collaborations were treating our legion of local fans to creative takes on classics as well as supporting many other small business vendors. We continued to win fans as recently as last night (2/13/21) while others have sung our praises and given us fuel to keep firing up the peanut oiled filled pressure cooker everyday.
After besting every challenge presented to our operation during these pandemic times, we fell victim to the “only ship that won’t sail.” While all legal remedies will be pursued, our community goes without what has become a gem in the resurgent west side of Dayton and our employees without work (for the time being).
While our story has been temporarily “paused” we are reaching out to those who have supported us in the past to reopen better, get working folks back to work, and continue to build the next great chicken spot. The unique flavor profile and experience of our crispy, juicy chicken relied most on a pressure fryer that retails new for 12,842.50 :(. We will more than likely be relocating and purchasing new cooling and cooking equipment and had been in talks to start a food truck (sooner than later 🙂
Regardless of the outcome of this campaign, we are so very grateful to have served Dayton some of the “best damned chicken” and plan on doing more in the very near future!”
If you’d like to support the Chicken Head’s Restaurant Relief and Rebuild Fund a go-fund me page has been set up.