September 18, 2021


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Chicago Black-owned cafe: Harold’s Rooster Shack celebrates 70 decades in business enterprise

ROSELAND, Unwell. (WLS) — As we kick off Black Historical past this month, our Hungry Hound Steve Dolinsky has been exploring out some of the oldest Black-owned firms in the place.

He talks to the spouse and children at the rear of a pioneer: Harold’s Chicken Shack, which just celebrated its 70th yr in business.

Identified all over the region – including retail outlet #19 in Dyer, Indiana – the after late-evening fried rooster joint has grown to 45 spots, all begun back again in 1950 by Harold Pierce.

“He was an entrepreneur. The initially place I believe that was Kenwood, in the Bronzeville region,” explained his daughter, Kristen Pierce, now the company’s CEO.

Kristen has taken over the organization, overseeing the enlargement to other states.

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Chickens are marinated right away, dunked briefly in a liquid mixture containing milk, then dredged in seasoned flour before receiving fried for about 15 minutes in vegetable oil.

“We never use warmth lamps, we don’t use frozen products. Anything is clean,” she stated.

Harold’s enables prospects to year their chicken following it truly is fried, also.

“It relies upon on what the customer is searching for. We do have our personal Harold’s lemon pepper. We do have our scrumptious delicate sauce that all people talks about. We have our possess sizzling sauce,” Kristen mentioned.
If it have been up to her, Kristen normally skips the sauce.

“No sauce. I am not a sauce eater. I wanna flavor the flavor,” she stated.

As for attaining the standing as Chicago’s oldest Black-owned cafe business enterprise, Pierce stated her father definitely deserves the credit history. No matter if it was building appearances at the Bud Billiken parade or just simply employing the kids from the neighborhoods, Harold’s has endured.

“I assume that it just made its mark in Chicago record, and its continued,” she reported.

Even nevertheless the business has expanded and contracted more than the years, they however system on increasing outside of Chicago this 12 months: Charlotte, St. Louis, Houston, Las Vegas. They clearly show no indicators of allowing up, even just after 71 several years in enterprise.

Dolinsky stated, except you buy in advance of time, you will have to wait around for your hen as they put together everything to-buy.

Harold’s Rooster Shack

45 places (26 in Illinois)

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