Best Of 2021

Best neverending expansion: King Of The Coop

King Of The Coop

When Joe Dodd pops up on the caller ID, my butthole puckers up. Not just because he’s the duke of Nashville hot chicken in Tampa, but because the call is almost always to tell me about some new location, nonprofit or concept he’s launching as part of what feels like a neverending expansion for his restaurant, King of the Coop. In the last year, CL’s announced new Coops in Wesley Chapel, Westchase and Ybor City, while also sharing news about a new multi-restaurant partnership with Westshore Pizza and Attic Brothers, which’ll serve as KOTC’s anchor. It’s been a pleasure to watch Dodd’s concept fly, and a whole lot of fun to have a bird’s eye view.