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Kim Prince Shutters Nashville-Style Hotville Chicken Pop-Up in Chinatown

The project is hoping to move to their own location soon

Hotville Chicken
Hotville Chicken
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Looks like trouble in Chinatown, as the popular Hotville Chicken pop-up has closed down. Proprietor Kim Prince tells Eater that the project was running smoothly (and had recently been expanding hours) but ran into trouble with their space, prompting a possible need to move entirely.

Kim Prince comes from the family lineage behind the iconic Nashville hot chicken restaurant Prince’s, known for being perhaps the most famous restaurant in that genre anywhere in the world. She moved to Los Angeles years ago and began tinkering with her own recipes, ultimately leading to the weekend-only opening of her own space in Chinatown, just blocks from Howlin’ Ray’s. While the Hotville Chicken pop-up is definitely its own thing and not directly attached to Prince’s legend, fans still flocked for the searing and savory dish available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Now that’s all on hiatus. Prince tells Eater:

“We have had to discontinue operating our pop-up at the Michael J’s Pizzeria due to circumstances beyond our control. It’s yet to be determined whether we’ll be able to resume operations there, but we are actively seeking our own nest in other parts of greater LA.”

Prince adds that until such time as a new plan can be worked out for the current space, or a new storefront found altogether, Hotville Chicken is closed. Fans of the company can still follow along on social media for updates on a possible new space, or head to Dave’s Hot Chicken, that other street food hot chicken pop-up currently running in Hollywood.