Atomic Chicken at 6500 Woodward Ave. in Detroit’s New Center area never really took off. It opened in April 2017 and closed a year later.
Now, Chef Godwin Ihentuge will try his luck in that space.
He has signed a five-year lease and plans to open a fast-casual outpost of his popular Afro-Caribbean restaurant Yum Village in early 2019, reports Brenna Houck of Eater Detroit:
Ihentuge began hosting pop-up dinners under the Yum Village banner in 2013 and introduced his food truck in 2017. Since then, it’s made regular appearances around town at festivals and food truck rallies as well as serving as the more permanent food option at the Villages Biergarten and Dequindre Cut Freight Yard.
Yum Village’s brick-and-mortar restaurant will offer an expanded version of the food truck’s menu, which includes items like maafe (spicy peanut and vegetable stew), jerk chicken, curry chicken, and fried chickpeas. Diners can expect additions like fried chicken and brick cake on the menu, as well as a juice and smoothie bar. Ihentuge is also in the process of acquiring a liquor license for the restaurant and intends to serve West African products such as beer and wine.