Big Chickie Crowdfunding

A few weeks ago, we reported on Big Chickie, the new Pollo a la Brasa place opening up in Hillman City. Prior to even completing the framing of the remodel, Big Chickie has already received some buzz on the web, earning itself a write up on Seattle Met’s Nosh Pit and a mention on Eater Seattle’s webpage. As Alicia Vermillion writes:logo

At the corner of Rainier and Findley in Hillman City, a corner lot that long held a gas station is currently being transformed into Big Chickie, a quick-service restaurant dedicated to Peru’s signature charcoal-roasted chicken known as pollo a la brasa.

Owner Matt Stubbs grew up in DC, and says that pollo a la brasa was his mom’s “Tuesday night at 8pm, feed-the-kids solution.” He and his wife Sara are planning a rotating cast of sides that include the classics (fries and coleslaw are the traditional sidekicks for this chicken) and rice and beans, plus some healthy-ish dishes like kale slaw or lime-glazed roasted sweet potatoes. Seasonal options like corn salad might rotate through the menu, too.

The pollo itself will be marinated 24 hours before a sojourn on charcoal-fueled rotisseries, imported from Peru. Customers can order a whole, half, or quarter chicken for some family-style takeaway…

In the latest Big Chickie news, owners Matt and Sarah Stubbs have turned to a crowdfunding effort (click for details) to help offset some of the unexpected construction costs they’ve run into. Their video–which includes a great history of their property, their dedication to the neighborhood, and a glimpse into the design of the remodel–is worth watching. Have a look:

2 thoughts on “Big Chickie Crowdfunding

  1. Nessa Raki says:

    I will always patronize businesses owned by people of color before those of folks who encroach on the hood to exploit its underdeveloped real estate. The people of Hillman City might need more produce stands, but don’t need midcentury furniture stores and pet boutiques. If you love a neighborhood why do you feel the need to change it into Ballard?

  2. Hillman says:

    Nessa, I’d encourage you to rethink your attitude about these businesses.

    All of the new businesses you are referring to are going out of their way to become a part of the neighborhood–to contribute, to offer something that can help revitalize an entire part of town, to create a sense of community, place, belonging… that’s a lot different than swooping in simply for the sake of cheap property and gentrification.

    The gas station Big Chickie is going into has been an abandoned eyesore for years. Tin Umbrella has become a cornerstone for the whole neighborhood–neighbors of all ethnic background congregate there regularly.

    Also. Check your facts. The midcentury furniture store you slammed is owned by Jacob WIllard, a person of color who has already held a few “outdoor living room” events (with Tin Umbrella) to connect community members.

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