The original Chick ‘n’ Sours restaurant in London’s Haggerston is to close for six weeks from 22 April for a refurbishment and the creation of a new downstairs bar.
Co-founder and former DJ Carl Clarke, who opened Chick ‘n’ Sours with business partner David Wolanski in 2015, wanted to create a new drinking experience for customers, which will take the form of a late-night bar called Sub Culture.
It will serve cocktails and beers, with the name inspired by Clarke’s anti-establishment philosophy and enthusiasm for rave and punk culture.
The expansion will take the number of covers from 35 to 65.
The restaurant will also feature a new menu when it re-opens in June, with favourites such as whole fried chicken and kung pao wings joined by dishes including: kimchi pancakes with fried chicken and Chengdu buffalo sauce; Chongqing crispy rice sticks; and Viet Cajun fried chicken.
It will also introduce a new Jamaican lager in the form of Jamrok, the first in an ‘artists’ series’ of beers, with the artwork created by Horace Panter from the Specials.
Chick ‘n’ Sours has two restaurants, having opened a second in London’s Seven Dials in 2016.
Clarke and Wolanski also launched ‘guilt free’ fast-food brand Chik’n in Baker Street last year, and in September last year announced that they would be opening a second site in Islington.