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Legendary fried chicken restaurant is reborn in Austin's Mueller district

Legendary fried chicken restaurant reborn in Austin's Mueller district

JT Youngblood's fried chicken
J.T. Youngblood's is now open. J.T. Youngblood's/Facebook

J.T. Youngblood's, the new incarnation of Texas favorite Youngblood's Fried Chicken, is now serving Austin's Mueller neighborhood. Doors officially opened on Sunday, March 26, to a hungry crowd — so hungry, in fact, that the kitchen ran out of food on the first day. 

Youngblood's Fried Chicken originally opened in Waco in 1945. The successful restaurant chain spread like wildfire across Texas, but, unfortunately, the venture shuttered in 1969. Much later, however, Jeff Weinberger (of Jeffrey's, Cipollina, and Shoreline Grill) secured the beloved fried chicken recipe and, with the help of a Youngblood family member and chef Todd Duplechan of Lenoir, revamped the menu and reincarnated the restaurant — this time in Austin.

As with the original Youngblood's, chicken is the star. Options include fried and rotisserie chicken, and sides range from classics like mac and cheese and mashed potatoes to honey carrots and smoky butter beans. You'll also find chicken soup, two chicken sandwiches, and a couple of salad options, as well as pies, shakes, and soft-serve ice cream for dessert. 

Youngblood's joins the recently opened Alamo Drafthouse in the fast-growing growing Aldrich Street area of Mueller. Also on the horizon are new locations of Lick Ice Creams, Halcyon, B.D. Riley's Irish Pub, and San Antonio's Stella Public House. All five concepts will be housed on the ground level of a mixed-use development in front of Mueller Lake Park.

J.T. Youngblood's is currently open for lunch service only, 11 am to 2 pm daily. Austinites can look forward to dinner service launching in May.