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Ford Fry’s Chicken al Carbon Restaurant Little Rey Could Open in April

Fry’s next restaurant centers around counter-service tacos and to-go wood-roasted whole chickens in Piedmont Heights

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Chef Ford Fry
Emily Schultz
Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

Ford Fry’s “Austin-inspired” taco and chicken al carbon restaurant Little Rey could finally open in April, according to a restaurant representative. Little Rey is located in the former Anchor Bar & Tattoo on Piedmont Avenue in Piedmont Heights.

The super casual, counter-service restaurant with a take-out window centers its menu around chicken al carbon (wood-roasted) and tacos, vegetable sides, fresh salsas and tortillas, and, of course, margaritas. Fry hopes to fill the breakfast taco void in the midtown neighborhood. This includes offering packs of various breakfast tacos in the morning as well as whole roasted chickens with fixings for dinner in the evenings, all part of Little Rey’s to-go service.

Fry’s last Atlanta opening was The El Felix at the Battery Atlanta in 2017— an OTP version of his ITP Tex-Mex restaurant Superica.

Future home of Little Rey
Future home of Little Rey
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April should prove to be a good month for Fry, if all goes according to plan. In addition to Little Rey’s anticipated opening, his first cookbook drops April 23 — “Tex Mex: Traditions, Innovations, and Comfort Foods From Both Sides of the Border”.

Fry’s Atlanta restaurant roster includes: No. 246, The El Felix in Alpharetta and at the Battery, BeetleCat, Superica in Inman Park and Buckhead, Marcel, JCT. Kitchen & Bar, The Optimist, St. Cecilia, and King + Duke. He owns Superica, La Lucha, State of Grace, and hopes to open a seafood restaurant in his native Houston. Restaurants are also in the works for Nashville and Charlotte.

1878 Piedmont Avenue NE Atlanta.

no. 246

129 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, , GA 30030 (678) 399-8246 Visit Website

JCT. Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 355-2252 Visit Website

King + Duke

West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, , GA 30305 (404) 477-3500 Visit Website


299 North Highland Avenue Northeast, , GA 30307 (678) 732-0360 Visit Website


1170 Howell Mill Road, , GA 30318 (404) 665-4555 Visit Website

The El Felix

1130 1st Street, , GA 30009 (678) 248-5239 Visit Website


605 Overton Street, , TN 37203 (615) 709-3148 Visit Website

The Battery

1100 Circle 75 Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339

The Optimist

1400 Adams Street, , TN 37208 (615) 709-3156 Visit Website

St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Road Northeast, , GA 30326 (404) 554-9995 Visit Website

The Battery Atlanta

800 Battery Avenue Southeast, , GA 30339 (404) 494-1150 Visit Website