Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken may be arriving sooner than expected. The restaurant appears to be slated for a debut in Cass Corridor on August 15. The first Michigan franchise of the Memphis favorite revealed an opening date on Instagram Wednesday evening (it’s since been removed). Reached by Eater, a representative for the chain says that several weeks of “soft openings” will begin next week and a grand opening is not been planned.
Gus’s got its start in Memphis 60 years ago and more recently has found a broader audience with nationwide franchising. According to the company website, there are now 15 fried chicken outposts. Chef/restaurateur Zack Sklar, operator of Peas & Carrots Hospitality and Schmaltz Hospitality, owns rights the fried chicken chain’s franchises in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Colorado, and Florida. In January, he revealed plans to open more than 30 locations. Schmaltz has already launched its first restaurant in Chicago last November, and the reception by critics proved positive.
The 3,000-square-foot Detroit restaurant was built from the ground up over the past four months. In June, it was merely a pile of cinderblocks. While you await the launch, check out the building’s rapid transformation below:
Update, 8/11, 3:33 p.m.: Gus’s Detroit Instagram has been taken down. A screenshot of the original has been added to this article.