TikTok-Famous The Red Chickz Locks Down First Of Several San Diego Locations

May 18, 2023

Los Angeles' TikTok-famous The Red Chickz is in the process of an aggressive expansion that includes multiple locations of the Nashville hot chicken chain opening in San Diego.

The Red Chickz was founded in downtown Los Angeles in 2018 by Shawn Lalehzarian, an Iranian immigrant who learned English by working in many different roles in the restaurant industry for well-known brands like Wolfgang Puck, Starbucks, Pinkberry, California Pizza Kitchen, and Chili’s. The Red Chickz has earned an impressive social media following over its short tenure, including amassing over 1 million followers on TikTok. 

After announcing a franchising plan in 2021, the company has since signed 18 units to open in the coming year with more than a dozen deals in the pipeline in Houston, Texas, as well as densely-populated areas in California such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Long Beach, Fresno, and Orange County. The company is looking for spaces to open in San Diego and recently secured a lease for its first area location, taking over the space that last housed Pluck U within The Shoppes at Carlsbad.  

The Red Chickz has plans to open at least three branches in San Diego under the leadership of franchisee Mattie Shlemon. Like other Nashville hot chicken chains, expect a menu of fried chicken tenders and sandwiches at varying spice levels, as well as fried shrimp, tacos, bone-in chicken and waffles, chicken & French Toast, and even vegetarian dishes with cauliflower. 

The Red Chickz aims to open its first San Diego location as early as this summer at 2525 El Camino Real, Suite 217, in Carlsbad. For more information, visit theredchickz.com and check out the menu below.