How Crispy Express to open its long-awaited Summerhill restaurant next week

How Crispy Express, the fried chicken sandwich business that has been operating as a pop-up since 2019, is finally ready to make its brick-and-mortar debut.

Located at 71 Georgia Avenue in Summerhill, How Crispy is set to open on Monday, Jan. 24 after several pandemic-related delays.

The restaurant is a joint venture from chef Will Silbernagel and mixologist Greg Best, who’s also a partner in Krog Street Market restaurant Ticonderoga Club.

Silbernagel, who previously worked at Bookhouse Pub and ran pop-up Bookie Macarons, developed the sandwich, which AJC food writer Wendell Brock described in a 2021 article as “otherworldly, and deeply satisfying.”

Silbernagel had plenty of unexpected time during the pandemic to perfect the five sandwiches on How Crispy’s menu: The Classic, Lemon Pepper Wet, Honey Boy and Tikka Boy, plus the vegetarian Veggie Boy fried chickpea sandwich.

Rounding out the menu offerings are a salad, chicken “nugs” and sides including mac and cheese and collard greens. Coca-Cola Cake and buffalo chicken dip will also be available as grab-and-go items, and beer and wine will be available once How Crispy gets its liquor license.

Focused on takeout business, the 750-square-foot counter-service restaurant will offer stool seating at drink rails for about 10, as well as an outdoor patio.

Opening hours will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with new hours to come soon.


By Yvonne Zusel, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; photo by Morganne Lee

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