A spread from Joella's Hot Chicken.
Photo: Joella's Hot Chicken Facebook page
Photo: Joella's Hot Chicken Facebook page

Joella’s Hot Chicken coming to metro Atlanta with four locations this year

A Louisville, Kentucky-based hot chicken chain is heating things up in metro Atlanta.

Joella’s Hot Chicken, founded in 2015 and owned by Schulte Restaurant Group, will open its first metro Atlanta locations by the end of the year, Tomorrow’s News Today first reported

A representative for the company confirmed the planned locations: 

Cumberland (2955 Cobb Pkwy SE, Suite 910, Atlanta)

Kennesaw (840 Earnest Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw)

Woodstock (188 Molly Lane, Woodstock)

Newnan (580 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan)

Chicken options include six heat levels including Southern, Spiked Honey, Ella’s Fav, Hot and Fire-In Da-Hole. Try sides such as mac and cheese, sweet vinegar slaw, crispy thin fries, kale crunch salad and desserts including banana pudding. 

Menu items can be customized to meet dietary restrictions and allergies including nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and vegan. 

Joella’s offers dine-in, pick-up and delivery via online ordering, and all four metro Atlanta locations will offer drive-thru. 

Joella’s will expand with nine total new locations this year, totaling 17 locations throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Georgia and Florida. 

Joella’s offers free hot chicken for a year to the first 100 guests in line at its grand openings.

The chain will join two other hot chicken chains that entered the Atlanta market in the past few years, including Memphis-based Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, which has locations in downtown Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Chamblee and Nashville-based Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, which opened in Little Five Points earlier this year. In addition, chef Todd Richards serves up hot chicken regularly at his Richards Southern Fried in Krog Street Market

Check back with AJC for more details on opening dates and grand opening events.

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