Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles has flown the coop from Arizona and launches their first day of service at 4 p.m. today.
Promising "this ain't your mama's chicken," their "underground soul food" takes over the shuttered 6,099-square-foot Tony Roma's at the Best in the West retail center.
Clucking their wares are "whole hand-lickin good," the menu offers Southern staples such as chicken smothered in gravy and onions, fried catfish, plus a full fried roster of green tomatoes, corn fritters, gizzards and green beans.
Guests getting their "drank on" are assured sweet tea and Kool-Aid are always on tap. Lo-Lo's is known for attracting celebrity diners and repeat guests have included Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Muhammad Ali.
Creator Larry "Lo-Lo" White grew up working in his grandmother's soul food restaurant, Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café. In 2002 his opened his first Phoenix location, expanding his empire to six outposts, including a branch in Nebraska. White has also debuted his own reality TV show, revealing the pressures on his family and business as he grows the brand.