Legendary NBA player Shaquille O’Neal’s fast casual fried chicken restaurant Big Chicken is now open in Glendale. The restaurant lands just across the street from the Rick Caruso-owned Americana development, and doors down from Shake Shack and Eggslut in the former Greenleaf space.
The new Los Angeles-area Big Chicken was first announced nearly one year ago, fresh off the heels of O’Neal’s 2018 reality series on Facebook Watch that detailed the process of opening the first-ever location in Las Vegas, Nevada. Glendale is now the second Big Chicken in existence, though others are planned, including at least one on a cruise line. O’Neal also operates the sit-down Southern restaurant Shaquille’s at LA Live in Downtown, not far from the bronze statue of him dunking during his championship Laker reign.
As for Big Chicken, expect a fast casual space with counter ordering and bright orange detail work. There’s an open kitchen to the back, and a menu board hangs above the counter. There are fried chicken sandwiches offered a variety of ways (including Nashville hot) plus tenders and regular and sweet potato fries. Big Chicken hours run daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.