After securing the Big Chicken concept in the new Climate Pledge Arena, Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken brand has signed a multi-unit deal with established restaurateurs, David and Lorri Jones to open multiple locations across Seattle.
“We were blown away when we first visited Big Chicken; the food was fresh, the flavors were big and the team behind the brand is incredibly talented,” said David, who in collaboration with his wife owns four Subways and founded their own concept, the eight-unit Blazing Onion Handcrafted Burgers.
“Lorri and I have worked on all sides of restaurant development and Big Chicken is a concept that checks every box in terms of taste profile, menu innovation, marketing, operations, franchisor support and a strong real estate strategy. We’re confident Big Chicken will quickly become one of Greater Seattle’s hottest spots.”
David and Lorri boast 25 years of restaurant management and business ownership experience. Prior to owning their own businesses, David held various managerial roles at Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Panhandler Pies and Denny’s, while Lorri worked as a controller at Red Hook Brewery, Eldec Aerospace and Philipps Warranty. The pair plan to use their experience to propel the profile of the Shaq-owned chicken brand across Seattle.
“The Joneses have what it takes to elevate Big Chicken’s rapid growth across the Seattle area. Their impressive backgrounds and knowledge in operating strong restaurant concepts is indicative of what they have planned for Big Chicken,” said Josh Halpern, CEO of Big Chicken and the architect of the brand’s growth strategy.
“Our strategic growth strategy is one that’s on track to rapidly hit the hottest cities the United States has to offer. We’re confident that David and Lorri have what it takes to introduce Greater Seattle to a taste of Shaquille’s upbringing.”