As Nashville hot chicken becomes a national craze, it hits OKC

Published Friday, October 13, 2017
by Jacob Threadgill

About five weeks after opening his second Automobile Alley restaurant, Marc Dunham is hoping the name of his newest eatery, Nashbird, isn’t too limiting.

The concept of Nashville spicy hot chicken has gone from cult regional status to the national zeitgeist now available as a “Spicy bird with a savory bun” at KFC.

“I struggled with the name because I love it, but at the same time, I want to do different flavor combinations,” said Dunham, who also owns Iguana Mexican Grill.

“There might be chipotle-lime or a Korean fried chicken with kimchi so that it’s not hyper-specific to Nashville. When people say Nashville, it’s kind of pigeonholing me in one regard, but I chose the name, so it is what it is.”

Dunham opened Nashbird at 1 NW Ninth Street in August, on the same block as Iguana, after his business partner and landlord Steve Mason let him know the location was available.

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