Joella’s Hot Chicken is planning to open a location at 5016 Deerfield Blvd. in Deerfield Twp. on Feb. 23, 2020. The fast-casual restaurant serves hot chicken and made-from-scratch Southern side dishes. CONTRIBUTED

New restaurant to open in Warren County with free-chicken-for-a-year deal

The newest location of Louisville-based fast-casual restaurant will be located in a 4,500-square-foot storefront at 5016 Deerfield Blvd. in the Deerfield Towne Center. The new location features seating for 140 people including an outdoor patio that will open in warmer months.

As part of the grand opening celebration, Joella’s is giving away nearly $50,000 in free chicken meals. A free one-year supply of Joella’s Hot Chicken in the form of 52 coupons will be awarded to each of the first 100 adults, age 18 years and older, who are in line with identification.

The line may start forming up to 24 hours prior to the giveaway, with the free meal coupons awarded at 8 a.m. Sunday. Guests waiting in line will be entertained by a local deejay and treated to complimentary chicken and waffles, coffee from nearby Duck Donuts, and Joella’s swag. Joella’s Mason officially opens at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

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“We are looking forward to opening the doors to our newest Joella’s location this Sunday,” said Christina Happel, regional vice president of operations for Joella’s Hot Chicken. “Greater Cincinnati has embraced our hot chicken brand, along with our Southern hospitality and family-friend atmosphere, at our first two locations here, and we look forward to offering that same menu and feel in a new community in the area.”

The new restaurant is the 16th location for the dining chain, now the largest hot chicken restaurant brand in the United States with stores in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. This is the third location in the Greater Cincinnati Tri-State area, joining two other nearby stores located at The Banks in downtown Cincinnati and in Crescent Springs, Kentucky.

Joella’s Hot Chicken is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, and kids eat free every Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. with a purchase of a Chicken Plate, Big Sammie or salad. Guests can dine in or pick up, and Joella’s also offers a full catering menu. Each store serves craft sodas and a selection of canned craft and domestic beers.

Joella’s is seeking to fill up to 40 full- and part-time positions, including managers, cooks, cashiers, guest ambassadors, dining room attendants, and dishwashers. New employees can earn up to $13 an hour with advancement opportunities, food and beverage discounts, and the potential for cash tips. Interested applicants should apply here.

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