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Harold's Chicken Shack Planned for Howard Street

By Benjamin Woodard | January 2, 2014 6:30am
 A Harold's Chicken Shack could open on Howard Street by late February.
A Harold's Chicken Shack could open on Howard Street by late February.
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ROGERS PARK — The fried chicken king has plans to conquer Howard Street.

Harold's Chicken Shack, a South Side favorite since 1950 that has since expanded to other parts of the country, has applied for a permit to open at 337 Howard St. in Evanston.

Franchisee Kelly Roberts said she planned to be selling chicken in the now-vacant storefront — on the border of Rogers Park and steps from the Howard "L" station — by the end of February, but would first need to get the approval of the Evanston City Council.

"It’s a very busy location [with] a lot of foot traffic; It'll be great," Roberts said.

Roberts said she owns two other Harold's locations on 79th Street on the South Side.

Evanston's Zoning Board of Appeals on Dec. 17 recommended that the city council approve the permit for the restaurant, city spokesman Martin Travis said.

The application would be introduced to the city council on Jan. 13 and could be approved by Jan. 27, he said.

According to the zoning application, the restaurant would be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, but would not offer delivery. It would be staffed by eight employees and have about 10 seats inside and one bathroom for customers.

Roberts said she plans to open her fourth Harold's location in Las Vegas.