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Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen Soft-Opens on Columbia Street With Hot Chicken Galore

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It's the chef's love letter to Nashville

Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen

After months of anticipation, Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen soft-opened yesterday in the old Whiskey Soda Lounge space. Located across the street from Andy Ricker's Pok Pok NY, Carla Hall's fast-casual restaurant is serving Nashville-style hot chicken. This is the TV chef's first official, standalone restaurant — she has a comfort food stall at Barclays Center, and she previously operated a counter in the temporarily closed Gansevoort Market.

Chicken is served by the plate and by the piece, and is offered in six different levels of heat ranging from Hoot & Honey, a mild blend of spices and honey, to the Boomshakalaka, a supposed "tear-inducing" level of heat. The menu also offers several vegetarian hot and cold sides in addition to rotating seasonal specials. Beverage options include a custom brewed lager from Brooklyn Brewery called Thelma's Brew, craft beer from Nashville's Blackberry Farms Brewery, and cocktails made with Bittermilk, the Charleston-based cocktail mixer-makers. Wine from the Gotham Project will also be on tap. The space designed by AvroKO has a section dubbed "Freddie Mai’s Provisions." where guests can purchase products from Nashville purveyors.

To help fund the project, Hall and her partner Evan Darnell launched a Kickstarter campaign, raising funds from over 1,500 backers. Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen is currently open with a limited menu. The grand opening is set for Friday, June 17. Do let us know what you think if you stop by.

Carla Hall's Southern Chicken

115 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11201