Charlotte staple Price’s Chicken Coop closes after 59 years

CHARLOTTE — The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another iconic Charlotte restaurant.

On Thursday, the owners of Price’s Chicken Coop in South End announced on social media that after 59 years of serving the Queen City its famous fried chicken that June 19 would be its final day of business.

“It is with heavy hearts that The Chicken Coop has decided to close our doors after 59 years of business due to the labor shortage, rising food costs, food quality and another coin shortage” the post read.

Through the years, the no-frills, cash-only carryout restaurant has popped up on all sorts of “favorites” lists, including once being named among places with the “most life-changing fried chicken in America” by Esquire.

It wasn’t uncommon to spot celebrities in line such as comedian Jay Leno when he was visiting Charlotte.

Price’s will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday.

Other longtime restaurants that have closed since the pandemic include Bill Spoon’s Barbecue and Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream.

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