High on the wish list of Chicago natives looking for a nostalgic taste of home, “the fried chicken king of the South Suburb” is returning to Las Vegas and Harold’s Chicken Shack’s new southeast site will be upgraded with a drive-thru window.
A Chicago legend since 1950, Harold Pierce’s distinctive beef tallow recipe and addictive servings of chicken, French fries, white bread, and coleslaw are already being promoted by temporary signage above the former home of Joe Maxx Coffee Company.
The 1,750-square-foot space at the Windmill Retail Plaza, close to the intersection with Bermuda Road, sits two doors down from the soon to debut Hidaka Sushi.
A former Harold’s outpost lasted two years on Rainbow Boulevard in Spring Valley, until it closed in 2012, a space now occupied by rapidly growing local chain, The Chicken Shack.
Yet to officially announced the Las Vegas move, Harold’s has been pushing to increase its national presence since 2013. Recently opening in Phoenix, the franchise owner revealed new operators can make small changes to the traditional menu that includes gizzards, chicken livers, catfish, and okra, but not make any changes to the famous chicken recipe. All dinners are “dropped fresh” into the fryer upon ordering, not cooked, stored, and reheated.
Earning a strong following among celebrities, Chance the Rapper took his fandom to the next level on his 24th birthday, celebrating with a Harold’s Chicken Shack-themed cake to represent his regular order of a “7 piece chicken wing plate with fries, hot sauce and a Strawberry-Kiwi Mystic.”
A future opening date on Windmill Lane has not been released.