The guys behind Preux & Proper, chef Samuel Monsour and owner Joshua Kopel, plan to open a new eatery called South City Fried Chicken inside the Corporation Food Hall in Downtown Los Angeles. Scheduled to open on February 1, the fast casual stand located toward the front of the hall will serve a variety of fried chicken styles from across the American South, including Nashville hot chicken.
The idea is to focus on at least eight different styles of fried chicken, served as sandwiches, that represent various cities in the South. Right now the city lineup includes Nashville, Louisville, Memphis, Chapel Hill (Monsour’s hometown), New Orleans, Birmingham, and Miami. They’ll have a few more different styles that’ll be announced closer to the opening date. Prices will range about $11.99 for most sandwiches, and they’ll serve hand-cut fries to order and cole slaw on the side.
Already Monsour has been preparing hot chicken sandwiches at the downstairs bar at Preux & Proper on plush buttered Portuguese buns, for anyone that wants to get an early taste of South City Fried Chicken. However, Monsour wants to stress that it’s not all about Nashville hot chicken, which is trending nationally and has gained immense popularity at places like Dave’s and Howlin’ Ray’s.
Monsour and Kopel came up with South City in order to introduce Southern flavors in a recognizable package of fried chicken sandwiches. Also, the boneless preparation will make it easier to churn out at a higher volume, especially during the busy lunch rush in Downtown.
Corporation Food Hall has had a relatively sleepy start, and it seems like all the place needs is an anchor concept like South City to draw in a bevy of new diners.
South City Fried Chicken. 724 S. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA