Financing

Huey Magoo's is riding the chicken tenders wave

A Deeper Dive: Andy Howard, CEO of the fast-casual chain, joins the podcast to talk about the company’s growth plans and consumer demand for chicken.

Why are consumers and franchisees so interested in chicken tenders?

This week’s episode of the Restaurant Business podcast “A Deeper Dive” features Andy Howard, the CEO of the chicken chain Huey Magoo’s.

Howard has had a long history in the chicken business, a history that mirrors the evolution of the chicken business. He talks about Huey Magoo’s, the Florida-based concept he acquired a few years ago, and which has become one of the fastest-growing chains in the U.S.

He talks about the company’s growth in recent years and the factors behind that growth. We also talk extensively about consumer demand for chicken and how that demand has evolved. An abnormally large number of the fastest-growing chains in the U.S. sell chicken.

We also talk about demand from franchisees, and why Howard is the one who leads franchise sales for his brand. And we discuss what he looks for in a franchisee, and what kind of real estate the brand looks for.

It’s a fascinating conversation with the owner of one of the fastest-growing chains in the U.S., so check it out.

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts.

Subscribe on Spotify.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.

Exclusive Content

Financing

Why the Burgerim settlement exposes flaws in franchise oversight

The Bottom Line: The federal government allowed the chain’s founder to avoid major penalties by simply paying $1,000. What’s the point of regulation in the first place?

Food

Why the Smashed Jack sparked record-smashing demand at Jack in the Box

Behind the Menu: The chain’s newest menu addition aims to break the mold on what a fast-food burger can be, and customers are buying in.

Financing

Why Wingstop isn't afraid of Popeyes' chicken wings

The Bottom Line: The fast-casual wing chain says its sales improve when another brand pushes the product. Here’s why that might be.