Sarasota, Florida (RestaurantNews.com) Hot Chicken Cooking, the fast-casual restaurant brand that serves Nashville-style dishes enhanced with their premium sauces, recently announced Todd Kirby as a franchise development partner. In this role, Kirby will focus on finding major franchise partners to meet the company’s stated goal of 200 new locations over the next three years.
“Todd brings incredible growth momentum that builds on his impressive sales and development experience,” said Dave Wood, Chief Strategic Officer of Hot Chikn Kitchn. “His business acumen will be critical as we seek to expand our presence and bring our brand to even more communities.”
Prior to joining Hot Chikn Kitchn, Todd Kirby was Vice President of Sales for Xponential Fitness. The group has more than 2,000 fitness studios, including Club Pilates, Purre Barre and CycleBar Indoor Cycling.
Kirby is an entrepreneur and has started two businesses. In 2014, he founded and held the position of Sales Director for CycleBar Indoor Cycling. The company is the largest indoor cycling franchise with over 200 studios worldwide.
Earlier in this career, Kirby founded and served as Director of Sales for St. Gregory Development Group. Under his leadership, the company has developed thousands of health and wellness franchises.
“I am honored to join the Hot Chikn Kitchn team and lead them into an exciting future of growth and evolution,” said Todd Kirby, Franchise Development Partner for Hot Chikn Kitchn. “Their vision resonates with me and I’m excited to help them expand their presence across the country and beyond.”
Hot Chikn Kitchn was created in 2020 by co-founders Mike Sarago, Anthony Sarago and chef Freddy Gilmore. The flagship restaurant was opened in Woodbridge, Virginia with the idea of bringing Nashville-style cuisine to the region and the East Coast. The restaurant specializes in hot chicken fillets and sandwiches made with spices to order. Hot Chikn Kitchn lives up to its name with its unique, premium hot sauces that each infuse a different type of pepper.
In addition to restaurant meals, Hot Chikn Kitchn also offers online ordering for pickup, delivery through third-party partners, and catering.
About Hot Chikn Kitchen
Hot Chikn Kitchn is a Nashville-style food concept that was born out of one of the most difficult times in contemporary history, the global pandemic. Co-Founders Mike and Anthony Sarago, along with Founding Chef Freddy Gilmore, decided to rise to the occasion by creating a restaurant that would bring people together from all walks of life, reminding the world that despite adversity, we have the strength to survive and to thrive and can do so with tasty food.
In 2020, Hot Chikn Kitchn opened its flagship location in Woodbridge, Virginia. The restaurant offers a menu rich in flavor complemented by a range of premium sauces. In 2022, Hot Chikn Kitchn launched a nationwide franchise program to bring its brand of fun, casual restaurants to more communities.
To learn more, visit www.hotchikkitchn.com.