Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken Opens First San Diego Location

March 23, 2024

North Carolina-based comfort food chain Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken has opened the first of several San Diego locations.

Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken started out in 2012 as Rise Biscuits & Donuts before rebranding in 2021. Now a franchise, the company was originally founded in Durham, NC, by Chef Tom Ferguson, who passed away in early 2022 at the age of 57. Rise Southern Biscuits now has more than 20 locations, with more than 100 units in development around the country. In 2017, the brand received recognition in Food & Wine’s "Best Biscuits In The U.S." list. The first California branch opened in summer 2022 in the city of Thousand Oaks.
Last year, Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken signed a franchise deal to bring the biscuit brand to San Diego. Franchisee Jason Kasid, who spent more than 25 years operating a family business in the convenience store industry, plans to open at least five Rise locations with potential sites in downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, and Pacific Beach.  
The first San Diego location of Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken is now open in the San Diego State University College area. The restaurant serves a menu of fried chicken sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, biscuit & gravy plates, and donut offerings in a fast-casual environment. 
Highlights from the menu include the Sweet Country Blues sandwich with Cooper River Farms all-natural, clean label pork sausage on a glazed blueberry biscuit; the Southern Chicken fried chicken sandwich with pimento cheese and bacon; the Which Came First biscuit and gravy with fried chicken and a fried egg, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and green onion; and the Cheerwine classic donut throwback. 
Rise Southern Biscuits & Righteous Chicken is now open at 6364 El Cajon Boulevard in San Diego's College Area. For more information, visit risebiscuitschicken.com.