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01/26/2022

David Chang’s Fried Chicken Brand Expands With Franklin Junction

Fuku makes its Lexington, Ky., debut. It is the first of more than 50 host kitchen locations that Fuku and Franklin Junction will open in 2022.
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Fuku Spicy Fried chicken sando deliciousness from David Chang
Fuku and Franklin Junction plan to open more than 50 locations in 2022.

Kentucky gets a new fried chicken player today when Fuku, David Chang's fast casual fried chicken joint, makes its Lexington, Ky., debut.

Fuku’s menu of spicy fried chicken sandos, fingers, and waffle fries will be available for delivery in the University of Kentucky and greater Lexington areas beginning at 10 a.m. through a partnership with Franklin Junction, the digital restaurant network. Consumers will be able to order from all major delivery platforms, including UberEats, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates.

[75% of consumers prefer to order delivery direct from the restaurant, according to HT's 2021 Customer Engagement Technology Study.]

The Lexington host kitchen is the first of more than 50 host kitchen locations that Fuku and Franklin Junction will open in 2022 throughout the U.S.

“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Fuku to Lexington and to join its vibrant culinary scene,” said Alex Munoz-Suarez, CEO of Fuku. “Being in close proximity to the University of Kentucky, we hope we’ll be the food of choice for late night study breakers and Kentucky Wildcats tailgaters.”

“We are ecstatic to help Fuku bring their iconic spicy fried chicken sandwiches to the Lexington community,” states Rishi Nigam, CEO and Co-Founder of Franklin Junction. “Our Host Kitchen network enables us to offer craveable, high-quality brands like Fuku to people all across the country and we are excited to welcome Fuku to our platform with this initial launch in Lexington.”

Fuku started as a secret sandwich at Momofuku Noodle Bar in NYC and has since grown to serve a variety of fried chicken offerings and sides. Over the ensuing years, Fuku has opened storefronts at Hudson Yards and Rockefeller Center in New York, as well as stadiums, arenas, and ghost kitchens throughout the country.