Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bolton's Spicy Chicken Flies the Coop on Murfreesboro Road

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 5:19 PM

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It is my sad duty to report the demise of the outpost of Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish that recently opened on Murfreesboro Road in the location of the closed O'Charley's. "O'Bolton's," as it had been known among members of the exclusive Facebook group, the Fraternal Order of Hot Chicken had become quite popular as a quick place to get some excellent hot chicken during lunch hour without having to schlep it all the way up to Prince's. The convenience of easy ordering and the assurance of a place to actually sit and eat had made it a favorite among the FOHCers, some of whom even joined in with the evening crowd for some hot chicken karaoke.

Regrettably, that wasn't enough to keep it open more than six months, although the owners said they haven't ruled out opening another location somewhere in the area in the future. They did emphasize that everything is business as usual in the original Bolton's location at 624 Main St. in East Nashville, so at least there's that.

Bolton's had also opened and closed a branch location in Antioch near Hickory Hollow, so hopefully they'll keep their expansion plans moving forward. I'm wondering whether the dinner traffic at a hot chicken joint can warrant opening a location larger than Bolton's or Prince's. When you want it, you just have to have it, but can you fill more than 30 seats at a time? Scoreboard manages to maintain a dinner crowd, but it has a much deeper menu.

What think you, Bitesters? Can we support a sit-down hot chicken joint? Where would you put it?

(Don't make any hot chicken "sit-down" jokes. ...)

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