Tony Hawk opens surf and skate themed fried chicken restaurant in California

Celebrities love a passion project. Take Ludacris, for example. The rapper and Fast Furious the actor has a brand of brandy, a chicken and beer restaurant (aptly called Chicken + Beer), and he even launched an application, Roadie. Pro skateboarder Tony Hawk similarly channels this special celebrity entrepreneurial brand and opens his own restaurant.

Chick ‘N Hawk, yes another fried chicken restaurant, will have a menu of sandwiches and seafood, including shrimp cocktails, ceviche and a raw sea bass, People reports. In addition to the restaurant’s signature crispy chicken sandwich, of course. Hawk is teaming up with Chef Andrew Bachelier for the surf and skate-themed restaurant, which will open in Encinitas, Calif., In the spring of 2022.

Although technically this marks Hawk’s first solo venture in the restaurant industry, he has been involved in several local restaurants as an investor. According to San Diego Eater, the professional skateboarder participated Animae, Grass & Sea, and Del Mar Market. Plus, we can’t forget his Chipotle burrito order, right?

Besides serving as a namesake, Hawk is the chief taste tester, which, if you ask us, sounds like the perfect gig. It will also help reshape the 1,500-square-foot space with a ’90s aesthetic that celebrates old-school surfing and skateboarding and will include expanded patios and a full cocktail bar, the outlet reports.

Megan Schaltegger is a writer for Thrillist.

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