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It's about time! Bossier City, LA is finally getting a local favorite. The wait is over. Southern Classic Chicken is opening at long last just east of the Red River.

What's the story behind the success of Southern Classic Chicken?

For the past 35 years, Southern Classic has been a staple in north Louisiana. The restaurant was founded in 1989 by brothers Howard and Leon Fanning. But it wasn't until 2019 that the Fanning family decided to give franchising a try. Despite it being a crowded market, Southern Classic Chicken now has 17 restaurants located throughout Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas with plans to expand even more with new locations in the New Orleans area, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Texas.

Via Google Street View
Via Google Street View

Southern Classic Chicken is solid financially and has plans to grow even more.

According to QSRWeb.com, Southern Classic Chicken, even in the beginning stages of franchising, has $40 million in sales systemwide. The stores average about $1.8 million each. Nick Binnings, formerly with Another Broken Egg, and Tom O’Keefe, formerly who has worked in the past with Church's Chicken, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, and Smoothie King are heading up franchising efforts for the Fanning family.

Via the Southern Classic Facebook Page
Via the Southern Classic Facebook Page

Where will the new Southern Classic Chicken be located in Bossier City?

Last June we reported, thanks to ShreveportSecrets.com, that the new Southern Classic will sit on the corner of Airline Drive and Old Minden Road, where there used to be a satellite lot for Chevyland. While we haven't been able to find out when the new restaurant will be opening, we know that the lines are going to be long!

However, just this week, the DOTD released an advisory, stating that the 'outside northbound lane of LA 3105 (Airline Drive) near its intersection with LA 72 (Old Minden Road) in Bossier City will be closed' for approximately one week to allow contractors to construct the new driveway for Southern Classic and tie it into the roadway. The address for the new restaurant will be 1940 Airline Drive and the work will take place 'weather permitting.'

That means we're getting close folks! This is one of those instances where if you know, you know. Southern Classic has a nearly cult-like following. We can't wait to have chicken 'so good, it's wrong' in Bossier City!

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