Price’s Chicken Coop, iconic Charlotte restaurant, closing after 59 years

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 10:37 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - An iconic restaurant and Charlotte staple is closing it’s doors for the last time after 59 years in the Queen City.

Price’s Chicken Coop announced Thursday they will be closing for good on Saturday, June 19. The restaurant said the move is due to a labor shortage, rising food costs, food quality and a coin shortage in a message on Facebook.

“We thank everybody for their support and business over the years!,” the SouthEnd landmark posted. “MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU ALL! THANK YOU”

It is with heavy hearts that The Chicken Coop has decided to close our doors after 59years of business due to the Labor...

Posted by Price's Chicken Coop on Thursday, June 17, 2021

The news hit Charlotteans hard, as well as thousands of people who would regularly make the drive to the Camden Road restaurant from miles around to get their one-of-a-kind fried chicken.

Noland Griffith headed over to Price’s Chicken Coop as soon as he heard the news.

“My parents grew up going here, my grandparents grew up going here, so it’s hard to believe we won’t be able to stop by after church or Panthers games or anything like that,” Griffith told WBTV.

By the afternoon as the news spread, there was a line of customers looking to get that one last taste of the famous chicken stretched around the block.

People wanted to show their support for the Charlotte staple.

“They’re what it’s about,” Steven Price said about his loyal customers. “I enjoy the smiles, the excitement, the pleasure and the product we serve.”

Just over a half hour after Price’s announced the sad update, their post already had hundreds of comments and more than 1,000 shares.

Cousins and co-owners Andrew and Steven Price opened the restaurant in the 60s, and the building and its layout has remained mostly unchanged since. The recipes also remained the same, with the menu that hangs over the counter only changing in price over the years.

“There’s not many left that make up Charlotte,” customer Jay Dawkins said. “This is part of Charlotte. Charlotte culture.”

That’s in spite of exponential growth around the business in the past few years, as the South End has brought in many new buildings and businesses.

In 2012, Price’s sat high on a national poll by Esquire Magazine as one of the places for “The Most Life-Changing Chicken in the Country.”

Steven Price told WBTV it feels like now is the right time to close.

“It’s difficult,” Price said. “We’re going to miss our customers, but it’s time.”

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