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Barbecue Master Matt Horn Will Bring His Fried Chicken Spot to West Oakland

Fried chicken sandwiches, wings, and all the sides are on the way

A fried chicken sandwich from Kowbird Kowbird

Matt Horn had a long road to opening his exceptionally popular barbecue restaurant, Horn Barbecue, in West Oakland. Permitting, construction delays, and, oh yeah, a global pandemic got in the way. All the while, however, the ambitious pitmaster had more than one iron in the fire: specifically, Kowbird, his fried chicken restaurant.

Though it was originally slated to open as a kiosk in a Jack London Square food hall, plans have a way of changing quickly in the Bay Area. Now he’s bringing it home to West Oakland, at 1733 Peralta Street — just down the street from the barbecue mothership. It’s a convenient location for shared logistics between the two restaurants, but it’s also a commitment to the neighborhood that has embraced Horn’s business so wholeheartedly.

The menu will stay similar to the original plan, which was to open as a counter-service restaurant serving Southern-style chicken. That means a handful of different fried chicken sandwiches — each with its own batter and sauces — in addition to chicken wings, bone-in fried chicken, sides like collards and fried giblets, plus pies and cakes. Fried chicken sandwiches will run the gamut from classic Southern-style to a Korean version, and of course, Nashville hot chicken. There’ll also be beer and wine (you’ll need it to quench the fire from that Nashville heat).

“Fried chicken is a part of American culture,” Horn told Eater SF when he announced the idea in early 2020. “Chicken is chicken. But I wanted to put my touch on it.”

Expect a mid-summer opening as the chef and his crew put the finishing touches on the interior, and navigate that dreaded city bureaucracy.

Horn Barbecue

2534 Mandela Parkway, , CA 94607 (510) 225-6101 Visit Website

Jack London Square

Embarcadero West & Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607 Visit Website

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