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Los Angeles Sensation Howlin’ Ray’s Will Serve Up Free Hot Chicken in Nashville

They’ll set up shop at 400 Degrees on Nov. 20

Howlin’ Ray’s
Jakob Layman/Eater Los Angeles

One of Los Angeles’s hottest restaurants is set for a special pop up in Nashville this month, as hot chicken specialist Howlin’ Ray’s plans to give a little back to the city that helped it get its start.

On Monday, Nov. 20, owners Johnny Ray and Amanda Zone and their crew will set up shop at Aqui Hines400 Degrees Hot Chicken at 3704 Clarksville Pike, serving wings and tenders in a variety of heat levels, along with fries, for free. Yes, that’s correct. The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m., or until they run out.

Amanda Zone tells Eater that they want to take this opportunity “to share our hot chicken and give thanks to the city for giving us so much support in our quest to bring authentic Nashville hot chicken to LA!”

Los Angeles native Johnny Ray Zone caught the Nashville hot chicken bug while staging at Husk back in 2014. After spending a little R&D time in Nashville, the Zones headed back to LA and rolled out the Howlin’ Ray’s food truck in 2015, with consistently long lines allowing them to move quickly to a brick and mortar location by spring 2016. Now they look to continue to spread the good word of the fiery Nashville bird on the West Coast by expanding their current restaurant’s footprint and eyeing a second LA location for 2018.

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