— By BRIAN SMITH
After seeing nothing but a vacant building for many months, drivers along South Main Street can now pull into BullChicks, a fast casual restaurant in the former KFC building.
Owners/business partners Marti Reed and Janet Knight had a soft opening for the restaurant in mid-December. Since the employees were also responsible for the set-up of the facility, it made sense to the duo to have a grand opening for employees and their families. The hard grand opening less than two weeks ago went well, Reed said and business has been picking up, primarily by word of mouth so far.
BullChicks started in 2006 and serves burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and wings. Reed and Knight own and operate six locations in North Texas but Weatherford is special in Reed’s mind, as she has lived here for 10 years.
“We’re trying to develop more in Oklahoma and Arkansas as well, but our first store in the area was in Denton and with the growth in the North Texas area, particularly to the west, Weatherford was a perfect choice,” Reed said.
Knight and Reed are passionate about their stores, the former stating if they are not in the stores once a week or more, it’s not a good thing.
“This is a family owned and operated restaurant that is a chain but it’s not like McDonald’s,” Reed said. “We specialize in following up with the customer while they’re eating, making sure they got what they ordered and it’s prepared to their satisfaction. We want to be good at what we do.”
Reed said all the preparation is done as the food is ordered with no heat lamps or microwaves on the premises. All the recipes, sauces and seasonings have been used for years.
Managing ticket times, to ensure customers have a short a wait time as possible, is priority one as well. Wait times of between 4 to 5 minutes are common for most orders but for such things as wings and tilapia, the wait will be longer.
All orders are brought to the table after being ordered at the counter. Some of the more popular items have been the avocado burger and the bacon burger along with the wings, which come in 10 flavors.
The company offers a challenge to anyone who can eat 7 of their level 15 fire wings in a five minute time frame. The wings, which are coated in a sauce made of ghost and habanero peppers that Wright said some employees need a mask to even prepare, also come in boneless as well. Anyone completing the challenge receives a T-shirt, a $10 gift card and their photo on the Wall of Fame.
No one had attempted the challenge in Weatherford yet, as of Dec. 19, Reed said.
BullChicks is located at 902 South Main Street and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, contact the restaurant at 817-598-0260.