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Hot off the press: Local chicken joint announces new location

Hot off the press: Local chicken joint announces new location

Regina Fox

Is it getting hot in here, or did Hot Chicken Takeover just drop some major news?

The community-minded fried chicken joint will be opening up a new location in Westerville this summer.

This will be the company’s fourth Columbus location and fifth overall (they recently opened a store in Cleveland).

Located at 435 Polaris Parkway, Hot Chicken Takeover will join a new development, just east of Polaris Fashion Place, between Cleveland Avenue and Africa Road. This location will feature a convenient pick-up window for to-go orders and a patio.


“We have a lot of enthusiastic customers in Westerville and Lewis Center, we’re excited to better serve them with the opening of this new location,” shares Joe DeLoss, Hot Chicken Takeover’s Founder and CEO. Known for its Nashville-style hot chicken, grandmother-approved sides, and free iced tea, HCT has built a loyal following in Columbus, recently expanding their brand into Northeast Ohio, celebrating their first out of market restaurant opening in October 2019.

“Our Westerville location is well-served by COTA’s CMAX bus rapid transit line, making it particularly attractive as we believe reliable transportation is a critical part of being a great employer,” shares DeLoss. “This new restaurant opening contributes to our focus on job creation, opening up 40 additional employment opportunities on HCT’s team.”

HCT Westerville will operate seven days a week from 11am – 9pm, serving the full HCT menu. Alongside this exciting growth, the HCT team is actively hiring for restaurant leadership positions. If interested, please apply here. For general questions and real estate inquiries, visit


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