Cowboy Chicken, known for its wood-fired rotisserie chicken and handmade side dishes, is opening next year in Kissimmee, Florida, thanks to a four-unit deal with Florida Fine Foods.
"We are excited to partner with Florida Fine Foods to bring the Cowboy Chicken experience and our handcrafted cooking to diners in Central Florida," Sean Kennedy, president and CEO of Cowboy Chicken, said in a company press release. "The growing Orlando market is a perfect opportunity to introduce our brand to both residents and the thousands of tourists visiting this popular destination daily."
Deciding to partner with Cowboy Chicken was easy, said Paul Bellanca, who owns Florida Fine Foods with Jenny Bellanca.
"We have worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years and were instantly impressed by the brand's passion for food quality," he said in the release. "Orlando consumers are serious about their food choices, and we are sure they will be instantly drawn to Cowboy Chicken's exceptionally flavored wood-fired rotisserie chicken and homemade sides."
The Bellancas previously owned and operated six Krispy Kreme Doughnuts retail locations in Orlando, Kissimmee and Winter Park, Florida, where they increased same-store retail sales by 70%, increased wholesale sales by 75% and were honored as Krispy Kreme's top franchise at the 2017 Global Partner Summit and as the "most innovative local relationship marketing program" in 2014. The Bellancas formed Florida Fine Foods after selling their Krispy Kreme franchise business in 2020.
Founded in Dallas in 1981, Cowboy Chicken has nearly 20 units.