CRESCENT SPRINGS, Ky. — The Tri-State foodie scene will heat up Feb. 13 with the grand opening celebration of Nashville Hot, a Nashville-style hot chicken joint, at the Buttermilk Shoppes in Crescent Springs.
The brainchild of former Tom+Chee president David Krikorian, Nashville Hot will introduce visitors to the cayenne pepper-infused staple cooked in the Music City.
“This is probably unlike anything you’ve tried before,” Krikorian said. “It’s just so flavorful -- so tasty -- that people in the Tri-State area are going to eat it up.”
Krikorian recruited Nashville native and chef James Hutchinson this past summer to lead the kitchen at the Crescent Springs location. Hutchinson ran operations at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken in Nashville before moving to the Tri-State.
“Food is my passion,” Hutchison said. “I’ve grown up eating hot chicken and working in the restaurant industry.”
The chef said he’s created a “proprietary blend of spices” for Nashville Hot. Patrons will set the spice level on their made-to-order chicken, which they can eat either in the restaurant or carry out. Desserts, sides and craft beer also will be on tap when the restaurant opens. The list of craft beers has yet to be determined.
Krikorian said the Crescent Springs store will be the first of many Nashville Hot restaurants to open in 2016. His company, Nashville Hot LLC, is planning openings near Downtown, Dayton, Ohio, Indianapolis and Cleveland.
“We are scouting our next two locations in Cincinnati,” he said.
Nashville Hot isn’t the only Southern-infused chicken joint with plans to invade the Tri-State. Louisville-based Joella’s Hot Chicken is planning to expand into the Cincinnati market with two locations this year.