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Business of the Week: Chick’n Cone

September 23, 2022 | Deep Ellum Team

There are combinations that just make sense: peanut butter and jelly, smoked salmon and cream cheese, Thai red curry and fresh rice, and — of course — chicken and waffles.

Chicken and waffles can be great anytime of day, taking time to sit down and cut into it with a fork and knife.

But maybe even better is biting into such a treat late in the evening. Which is exactly what you can get on the little street of Pryor Street in between Main and Commerce streets ad Chick’n Cone.

Here, you can get a fresh, hand-rolled waffle cone filled with crispy chicken tossed in your choice of sauce.

If this looks daunting and messy to eat, just go for it and don’t worry how you look. As co-owner of this location Yvonne Odimgbe, says, you can eat it anyway you please, but she does have a favorite method:

“Some people eat the chicken and follow up with the waffle cone,” she says. “My pro tip is to eat the chicken and waffle cone at the same time because all the flavors blend together, but there’s no wrong way to do it.”

Sauces include cinna-maple (for the traditional syrup), mustard-based barbecue, tomato-based, sweet barbecue, ranch with a kick (their best seller), Buffalo-blue and peri peri. Get any with the waffle cone, for dipping chicken tenders or nestled in a chicken sandwich.

Odimgbe is currently excited about the new chicken bowl, which is so much more than it sounds. From bottom to top: Chicken tenders, creamy cajun macaroni and cheese and your choice of sauce.

“It’s really, really good when you mix all those flavors together,” she says.

Chick’n Cone will celebrate its one-year mark in October; a while after when Odimgbe and her fiancé Nate Walker jumped in the franchise business.

“Back in early 2020, we were impacted by COVID and thought rather than immediately looking for another position, [Walker] wanted to explore some of our entrepreneurial leanings and some things we had been talking about for some years,” Odimgbe says.

A franchise consultant offered a few different concepts, and Chick’n Cone popped out to them as the one.

“The food looked good, we thought we could implement the business model and thought the simplicity of the food allowed us to focus on great service, fun atmosphere and really taking care of our customers,” Odimgbe says.

And that’s their main goal: They pride themselves on providing great service and an option for late-night sustenance.

“It’s great for a neighborhood like Deep Ellum because there’s so much entertainment going on,” Odimgbe says. “It’s a fantastic treat after a late night.”

Chick’n Cone is located at 2656 Main St., Suite 140 and open noon to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.