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:
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: