Fast-Casual Chicken Tender Concept ‘CHX’ Coming to McHenry Row

| June 3, 2024 | 0 Comments

CHX, a fast-casual chicken tender restaurant that started in Minneapolis, MN in 2020, but later shuttered, is restarting its brand in Locust Point. CHX, which is a concept from longtime friends Shawn Edwards and Frederick Huballa, will open at 1724 Whetstone Way at McHenry Row.

The 3,415 sq. ft. retail space is controlled by ITA Group Holdings, the owners of Fat Patties, which closed in December. CHX is now part of ITA.

ITA owns Greene Turtle, which has more than 30 locations and was once a tenant of McHenry Row, as well as Clarks Crew BBQ, which started in Oklahoma City. Brands in the ITA’s Founder Growth Program include RegionAle, Neo Pizza + Taphouse, Cypriana, and Madrid.

CHX has its own house-recipe for its hand-made chicken tenders that will come in three-, four-, and six-piece tender combos. The combos come with crinkle Cajun fries, Cajun vinaigrette slaw, a honey buttermilk biscuit, and CHX Sauce. CHX is partnering with Kneads, H&S Bakery’s retail bakery and cafe, on the biscuits.

Edwards described CHX Sauce as “a great everything sauce that goes well with chicken and fries.”

The restaurant will also offer sandwiches with house pickles, as well as ice cream sundaes.

While CHX will not offer as many tap beer options as Fat Patties and World of Beer, which also previously occupied the space, it will have 20 different drinks on tap including beer and pre-made cocktails. CHX will also offer craft lemonade including regular, Purple Reign with blueberry and mint, and a strawberry basil mixture.

Customers will order on kiosks, but there will be bar service. There will be 10 television on the interior of CHX.

CHX will also utilize the outdoor patio at the retail space.

CHX is hoping to open in mid June.

Edwards said that, like many other restaurants, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic proved too difficult for a new concept like CHX, but he is excited to restart the brand.

“We felt like the East Coast would be welcoming to our concept and we like the proximity to other major markets,” said Edwards. He also said Baltimore is a great sports town and he and Huballa love sports.

Edwards noted they had no previous connection to Baltimore until their partnership with ITA.

“We felt like Locust Point is a very interesting pocket. It’s very community-forward, very friendly, and everyone seems to know everyone,” said Edwards. “We are just excited to become part of the community.”

“We are excited for people to try our food. I think people will be very surprised,” said Edwards. “We are hoping to attract the whole city and surrounding county.”

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