Looks like yet another New York City transplant is putting down roots in Los Angeles, with the help of one iconic rapper. This time it’s Sweet Chick, a Brooklyn-based chicken & waffles joint that first opened in Williamsburg back in 2013. Reviews have been mostly positive on the place — and their Lower East Side follow-up — since then, apparently enough so that ownership decided to reach out to the West Coast.
To make the transition onto Fairfax though, Sweet Chick will have to squeeze into the Rosewood Tavern space, which first arrived to the strip in 2011. That’s a tough loss for the neighborhood, considering how much of a staple it had been as an easy meal and drink option.
Part of the reason for the expansion has to do with a big investment deal that owner John Seymour locked in last year with rapper Nas. Together the duo plan to bring Sweet Chick to a ton of outlets across the country, starting right out here in Los Angeles.
They’ll have stiff competition for the chicken & waffle dollar in L.A., to be sure, what with originator Roscoe’s operating a bunch of locations across the Southland. They’re even building a big, new Mid-City location just a couple of miles away from the Fairfax Sweet Chick location. Plus you’ve got just about every brunch menu in the city doing their version, including a weekend-only special at Howlin’ Rays and the handheld option from Orange County expansioneers Bruxie.
Expect Sweet Chick to open up on Fairfax sometime next year, with more locations to possibly follow thereafter.
448 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA