Thanks to the Instagram question feature, Tampa Bay food scene fans now know that the Seminole Heights hot chicken favorite King of the Coop is almost ready to open its new St. Petersburg location. That’s according to Joe Dodd who answered what seemed like a gajillion questions on King of the Coop’s Instagram.
This new location—part of King of the Coop's neverending expansion—will open in late November or early December, out of the space that formerly housed Westshore Pizza in the Tyrone shopping plaza at 6928 22nd Ave N.
Dodd also mentioned that this new location—the Coop’s first in Pinellas County— will also have take out and delivery options like UberEats available. When the St. Pete spot debuts, it’ll be the third King of the Coop location in Tampa Bay, alongside the currently relocating flagship restaurant in Seminole Heights and newly-opened spot in Wesley Chapel, which was just featured on Food Network’s “Food Paradise” segment.
Although Creative Loafing Tampa Bay recently reported that a King of the Coop location is heading towards Ybor City, the Cigar City location is not yet listed on the “coming soon” of the restaurant chain's website, alongside upcoming restaurants in South Tampa, Westchase and St. Petersburg.
Central Avenue’s Nash’s Hot Chicken—six miles away from the new Coop—is going to have some competition in St. Petersburg when Dodd’s new location opens in Tyrone. Maybe they'll even stir up some chicken-related beef between each other (we saw how entertaining it was when King of the Coop and PDQ had their internet feud.)
Keep an eye out for the grand opening announcement on King of the Coop’s @kingofthecooptampa on Instagram or @kingofthecooptampa on Facebook, and check out the menu online to determine your spice level in preparation for its big St. Petersburg debut.
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