By Mike Kinney
The owner of a 23rd Street business well known for its doughnuts has his eyes set on establishing the same reputation in Richmond for his fried chicken.
Andy’s Fried Chicken, located a 969 23rd St. — right next door to the famed Andy’s Donut Shop — is slated for a grand opening in May, Owner Randy Chow told the Standard.
Chow, who has owned Andy’s Donut Shop for seven years, is no stranger to fried chicken.
“I have been in the food insdustry since I was 27 years old; all I know is preparing and cooking good, tasty chicken,” Chow said.
Chow said he has another successful chicken restaurant in Oakland, along with the Richmond store.
When it’s up and running, Andy’s Fried Chicken will offer chicken sandwiches and many sides. The menu includes Chicken Sandy’s, a chicken sandwich served with Cajun slaw, pickles and house sauce for $13. Another unique sandwich is the Donut Sandy, which consists of chicken on a glazed donut, also served with Cajun slaw and pickles, for $9.99.
A three piece chicken strip meal served with house sauce will go for $9.99. There’s also a three-chicken wing meal, and a Long Legs meal that includes a chicken leg and thigh that goes for $8.99.
Side dishes include Schmackin’ Cheese, a bowl of mac and cheese, potato salad, garlic fries, collard greens and Loaded Fries, which are garlic fries topped with chicken, parmesan cheese and house sauce. Most side dishes range from $4 to $ 9.99.
Chow said the greatest challenge in creating Andy’s Fried Chicken was the time spent in construction of the new restaurant.
“I put in many long hard hours to create what I feel should become a successful restaurant to serve the community soon,” Chow said.
Good thing Chow finds time to recreate. When he’s not pulling long hours, Chow says he enjoys hiking Wildcat Canyon and the Miller-Knox Regional Park. He has also walked most of the Bay Trail as well.
“I am a Richmond resident and business owner,” he said. “I enjoy having my business because I love the people of Richmond and serving them. I appreciate all the kindness and business that my customers have shown me.”
When it officially opens, Andy’s Fried Chicken will be open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon-8 p.m.