UPDATE: Chick'nCone officially opened for business on Saturday, March 26.
A novel restaurant concept is coming to the Fort Worth area, tailor-made for those on the go. Called Chick'nCone, it does something you never knew you wanted: It allows you to eat chicken & waffles in an easy, convenient movable-feast cone.
It's a Pennsylvania-based chain and they're opening their first Tarrant County location at 2751 E. Broad St. #113, in Mansfield.
Their signature dish is a house-made waffle cone, filled with boneless bite-size fried chicken tenders, drizzled with your sauce of choice, be it the signature Cinna-Maple, to approximate the full chicken & waffles experience, or the spicy Buffalo Blue.
And then off you go, to enjoy your chicken & waffle experience without fork, liberated from the constraints of a table or dining room.
Based in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Chick'nCone — and yes, that's how it's typed, with an apostrophe, lower-case "n", and no space between the "n" and the Cone, which is vexing to say the least — was founded in 2016 by Jonathan Almanzar and Josh Lanier, first as a food truck before expanding to a fast-casual concept that could be franchised.
It made its Texas debut in Houston, then Austin, and there are now locations in Florida, California, Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, plus Toronto and Dubai.
The first Dallas-Fort Worth location opened in Deep Ellum in mid-October.
Bringing it to Tarrant County are husband-and-wife Ontario and Cassandra Rowe. They've just started construction and hope to be open by the end of the year.
"We loved the concept and wanted to bring it to Mansfield," Cassandra says. "We live here, our kids went to Mansfield schools, and we wanted to do something for our community."
In addition to the chicken in the cone, the menu features two other "chick'n" items: Chick'nTenders and a Chick'nSandwich.
Sides include Cajun fries (spelled Caj'nFries), spicy Cajun corn (aka Caj'nCorn), and mac & cheese (Mac'nCheese, of course). There are also Waffle Crunch milkshakes, topped with a candied waffle crunch.
Having your chicken in a portable version is well on its way to becoming a trend:
- In February, a concept called Buttercup Chicken Tenders opened at Legacy Hall, the food hall in Plano, with tenders that can be served in a cup or a cone.
- In mid-October, Surfin' Chicken, a new chain from Croatia known for serving chicken and fries in a uniquely portable package, opened its first location in the U.S. in the Dallas area in a Walmart in Mesquite.
The message is clear: People not only want their chicken tenders, they want them in a mobile manner.