FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Portland’s newest pop-up endeavor launches out of KitchenCru Culinary Incubator this Saturday, serving $12 plates of Korean-inspired fried chicken on the bone with sesame slaw and a gochujang-based spicy sauce.
Fusspot Chicken is the brainchild of New Jersey transplant Howard Kamil and Portland native Tonya Jone Miller who explains, “After living here in Portland for a few years, Howard returned to his hometown of Fort Lee, NJ, in 2011. Apparently there’s a large Korean population there now, and whenever we’d talk he’d rave about the fried chicken take-out shops popping up in the area. I didn’t know what he was talking about. At the time I’d never heard of or tasted Korean fried chicken.”
“Howard moved back to Portland in 2012 and decided he was going to try his hand at making me ‘the chicken.’ Having nothing to compare it to, I thought that very first batch was perfect.” She adds chuckling, “Though I did think the sauce could use work.”
Kamil, however, wasn’t satisfied with the outcome of that first attempt and spent the next three years fine-tuning his recipe on nights and weekends. Miller took over sauce-making duties and came up with the simple sides. After some tastings late last year for friends and family, they moved into the KitchenCru space in February 2016.
“It took a couple months for us to scale up the recipe and adjust the process to the point where we feel confident,” reveals Miller. “You just can’t rush it, which means you have to be making something good enough that people will wait for it if they have to.”
The chicken will be served takeout style in disposable containers, though there are a limited number of first-come first-serve seats at the KitchenCru chef’s counter. Beverages including beer, cider, and bubbly will be available for purchase while you wait, but alcohol must be consumed on premises.
“We’re really excited to introduce our fried chicken to the public!” Miller continues, “it’s a simple plate of food, but it’s really satisfying. And I don’t think there’s anything quite like it in Portland.”
Fusspot Chicken’s inaugural service is this Saturday, April 9th, from 5-7p “or until it’s gone.” For the time being, they are accepting cash only but hope to be able to take credit/debit cards by their next service on April 23rd.
Location: KitchenCru, 337 NW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97209
Parking: On street only. Please do not park in either of the KitchenCru lots!
Entrance: Come to the door off of the parking lot on the southeast corner of NW Flanders and NW Park.
Payment: Cash only! We’re working on taking cards, but for now there’s a bank with an ATM across the street.
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