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Big Chicken Restaurants Expanding Big In Florida

Shaquille O’Neal’s chicken sandwich restaurant has partnered with Florida’s Panhandle Restaurant Group to expand their fast casual concept here in the Sunshine State.

The restaurant group has signed a commitment deal to open 40 Big Chicken locations in Florida.

The first four Big Chicken locations will land in PRG’s home turf of Bay County, Florida, but with Shaquille O’Neal having roots here in Central Florida, it can't be long before we see Big Chicken arriving in Central Florida surely!

Panhandle Restaurant Group was founded by Amy and Chris McMillan, and operates multiple franchise brands, including Sonic, Rib Crib BBQ, and PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans.

Big Chicken is known for their inventive chicken sandwiches and homestyle sides with a strong influence by Shaq himself and NBA nostalgia.

Offerings include the Shaq Attack crispy chicken sandwich with jalapeno slaw and spicy bbq sauce, and the Charles Barkley topped with mac and cheese.

Their menu also offers tasty “Sidekicks” like Dirty Fries, Cheez-It Crusted Mac & Cheese, and BIG milkshakes.

You can find Big Chicken locations in Glendale, CA and Las Vegas, NV, plus a Ghost Kitchen operation in Rochester, NY. Their franchise is branching out, with big plans to spread across Florida and beyond.

The brand has even hit the seas, partnering with two Carnival Cruise Line ships.

Panhandle Restaurant Group will fast track growth in Florida, securing real estate for Big Chicken, with restaurant roll out expected in 2023.


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