King Daddy’s Chicken & Waffles, a new restaurant by the owners of the popular downtown Early Girl Cafe, is headed for 444 Haywood Road in West Asheville. The location is a 1920s-era building that’s been newly renovated by owners Austin Walker, Sam Walker and Russ Towers. It’s near the corner of Haywood Road and its intersection with Interstate 240. (Towers also owns the outdoor consignment shop Second Gear in the same building.)
Earlier this year, Julie and John Stehling announced their intentions to open a chicken and waffle joint and said they were looking at a South Slope that location. But that deal fell through. They told Asheville Scene recently that they were looking for a new location.
On Tuesday, Julie Stehling said she signed a lease Friday for the new Haywood Road location. The space will have an outdoor patio, a late-night drive-through window and a full bar and should be open around December.
Stehling, who said she wanted to open Early Girl in West Asheville, added that she’s excited to be part of the West Asheville community.
“I like the community there. You get to have a really strong local base if you do things right,” Stehling said, adding that she’s got a ton of respect for the owners of other established businesses such as the Westend Bakery and The Admiral.
King Daddy’ will be the lastest in a wave of West Asheville restaurant activity. Biscuit Head recently opened at 733 Haywood Road, and two other restaurants are in the works at the former Taqueria Gonzalez location – the owners of the popular Nine Mile restaurant in Montford are reportedly planning something, as are the owners of the Asheville Sandwhich Company.