Last summer, Brian Howard, chef and owner of celebrated neighborhood restaurant Sparrow + Wolf, debuted a more casual restaurant called Half Bird Chicken & Beer down the street on Spring Mountain Road. In November, he took the Half Bird Chicken & Beer concept to Henderson. Now, Eater can confirm that Half Bird’s Chinatown location is closing.
“It just wasn’t the right brand for the neighborhood,” says Howard. “Half Bird is meant to be surrounded by families and food-lovers of all ages and we want to bring that operational vision to those areas.” Howard is a veteran of on-Strip restaurants like Comme Ça, Alizé, and Bouchon. In 2017, he opened his celebrated Sparrow + Wolf, a restaurant that quickly became a favorite among locals and an entrant of the Eater Vegas Essential 38. With Half-Bird, he put his focus not on the fried chicken sandwich trend, but rather on rotisserie cooking. The menu also has chicken sandwiches, nuggets, and ramen.
He opened a Half Bird in Henderson at 725 South Green Valley Parkway near Horizon Ridge Parkway in November. And on Friday, December 1, he closed its Chinatown location. “We love Chinatown and, when we do open another concept on this block, it will be more of a chef-driven destination,” says Howard.
The Henderson location has all fixings that had been found at the Chinatown eatery — including side dishes like smashed rotisserie potatoes, macaroni with crispy spam and furikake, and Japanese milk bread with togarashi honey butter and sea salt. He also serves local brews, like a Half Bird “Cockfight” Pils, produced by HUDL Brewery. Half Bird in Henderson is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.