Toronto Raptors’ founder opens Dave’s Hot Chicken in Canada

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Canada is home to Dave’s Hot Chicken’s first international location, according to a company press release. Located at 1582 Queen St. West, in the Parkdale neighborhood of Toronto, the chain opens Thursday under the ownership of John Bitove, a Toronto resident and founder of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors, and his daughter, Blair. The Parkdale Dave’s Hot Chicken will initially offer only take-out service with delivery through Ubereats and Doordash coming soon.

“There are only a handful of Dave’s Hot Chicken locations in North America, and each of these locations has a design and artwork that reflects the neighborhoods they are a part of,” Blair Bitove, director of business development for Dave’s Hot Chicken in Canada, said in the release. “Along with a limited menu of the most craveable hot chicken around, we’re excited to offer local craft beers as well as a secret, regionally inspired menu shortly.”

Chef Dave Kopushyan and three friends opened the first Dave’s Hot Chicken as a parking lot pop-up in early 2017 in Los Angeles.