South Lansing’s new
Chick’n & Fix’ns
isn’t your ordinary fast casual restaurant. Bob Hoffman, who owns Chick’n & Fix’ns with partner Kenny Schmidt, describes the restaurant as a setup that is similar to Panera Bread and a service style comparable to Chipotle – but with food like no where else.
“This is the filet mignon of the chicken,” says Hoffman. “It’s very different than what other people call chicken tenders.”
This high quality cut of chicken is then used with Schmidt’s special homemade recipes around which the restaurant was created. A culinary school graduate, Schmidt’s recipes include house and southern recipe chicken fingers, hand-made sides such as garlic smashed potatoes, mac and cheese, sweet potato fries and more.
“We also have a pulled chicken sandwich with spicy barbeque,” says Hoffman. “It’s a sandwich that goes at least to your wrists, if not to your elbows.”
The 2,100-square foot location on Cedar Street near Edgewood Boulevard in Lansing seats 56 diners and employs 27 workers.
Hoffman, who grew up in Holt and also owns a sports bar in Adrian, brought his Chick’n & Fix’ns concept back to his old stomping ground after a corporate restaurant career in Atlanta.
“The south side of Lansing
had no fast casual concepts,” he says. “We felt it was a good place to have one.”