This new restaurant is racking up a loyal following in Citrus Heights
By Thomas J. Sullivan–
Sam Ayvazian, co-owner of The Angry Bird – Nashville Hot Chicken restaurant that recently opened at the site of the old Deli Delicious in Citrus Heights, has a reason to smile. Sales are off to a very good start, he said.
“We typically go through four, 40-pound boxes of chicken daily,” Ayvazian told The Sentinel in an interview this month. “In all, I think that breaks down to nearly 10,000 pounds worth of hot chicken tenders and sliders sold since our opening day on July 1.”
Ayvazian and his wife Diana, of Rancho Cordova, hope that their new Citrus Heights location will be as successful as their two popular Southern California locations, located on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and in Van Nuys.
To date, The Angry Bird has gained a strong local customer following and positive reviews, with over 175 Yelp reviewers already giving the restaurant an average rating of 4.5-out-of-5 stars.
The Angry Bird serves up its larger-portion chicken tenders or sliders cooked in peanut oil to order — artfully seasoned from mild to scorching hot. A colorful yellow Angry Bird mural on the wall greets customers as they walk in.
The tenders are a huge portion, and the coating is thick and crispy. The inside chicken is moist and tender. Coleslaw and their signature seasoning sauce are made fresh daily.
Chicken spice levels start at “country,” with no heat, and increase to mild, medium, hot, extra hot and “Angry – Sign a Waiver.” A family friendly, non-spiced tender or slider is offered without heat, Ayvazian said. French fries are served mild or “angry” style with a potent kick.
This excerpt was taken with permission from the Citrus Heights Sentinal – Septmeber 15, 2019