November 17, 2015
If you’re native to Seattle, “Ezell’s Famous Chicken” has been ringing the bell of your taste buds for the past 30 years.
Since first opening on February 3, 1984 in the Central District, the restaurant has been praised for its Southern homestyle cuisine, and has become a major staple in Seattle’s culinary culture. Over the years they’ve built their business, expanding to locations in Spokane, Edmonds, Redmond, and now… the Middle East?
That’s right. In June, an Ezell’s franchise opened in Sharjah, an emirate right next to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Back in 2013 the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that founder Lewis Rudd was selling franchise rights to Ezell’s Famous Chicken for $400,000 to $600,000, with hopes of turning the hit restaurant into a global franchise. He had the guidance of his new business partner Dennis Waldron, who’d already helped take Cinnabon from a small Seattle shop to over 400 franchise locations — including one in the Dubai airport.