2023 is the yr of the hen chain.
Dave’s Sizzling Hen took high honors Sunday evening on the Quick Informal Prime 100 Movers & Shakers awards gala, proving the 5-year-old model could also be new to the trade however it’s right here to remain.
The gala was held in Chicago on the LondonHouse. The model’s CEO, Invoice Phelps, additionally made Quick Informal’s Prime 25 Executives listing.
Dave’s Sizzling Hen, which began as a car parking zone pop-up in Hollywood, celebrated its a hundredth opening in 2022 and has commitments to open 742 shops — 75 to return by yr’s finish.
Such quick development is not doable, nonetheless, with out a variety of operational help, which is why Dave’s carried out a cloud-based expertise stack utilizing Revel for POS, kitchen show methods and bank card processing. Olo aggregates third-party supply firms and on-line ordering, Givex handles gift-card processing, and Restaurant365 helps back-office and accounting. Harri permits for applicant monitoring, onboarding staff, scheduling and timeclock/payroll compliance, whereas Restaurant Analytics Delivered is the corporate’s information warehouse and enterprise Intelligence instrument, which consolidates 13 information sources.
Backed by celebrities, together with singer Drake and actor Samuel L. Jackson, Dave’s Sizzling Hen is attracting trade and media consideration. A narrative about Dave’s growth, for instance, was FastCasual’s most-read story of 2022.
Dave’s is not the one hen model to land on the listing. In reality, Shaquille O’Neal-owned Huge Hen took second place, whereas Hen Salad Chick rounded out the highest three.
“Each few years, a brand new meals class emerges because the chief within the quick informal trade,” stated Cherryh Cansler, editor of FastCasual. “First, it was higher burgers. Then got here pizza adopted by fro-yo and breakfast meals, which brings us to at present when the better-chicken manufacturers are on the high of the pecking order.”
Just a few issues each model on this listing, chicken-focused or not, has in widespread, nonetheless, is a dedication to innovation, nimbleness and creativity.
These three attributes had been high of thoughts as judges sifted by the lots of of nominations obtained over an eight-week interval. After hours of deliberation, the panel settled on 75 manufacturers and 25 executives to spherical out this yr’s Quick Informal Prime 100 Movers & Shakers listing.