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Daddy’s Chicken Shack Makes its Garden State Debut

Local Entrepreneurial Group Stakes Claim in New Jersey with 13-Unit Deal

May 23, 2024 // // NEW JERSEY - Daddy’s Chicken Shack is hatching its latest growth plan through a multi-unit deal that is debuting the brand in New Jersey. The agreement, which includes 13 new locations, will serve Monmouth and Ocean County. Spearheaded by the Esperto Hospitality Group comprised of Norman Reola, Anthony Fiorentino, and John and Anthony DiLeo, the group is set to take Daddy’s Chicken Shack to new heights on the East Coast.

John DiLeo, with over two decades in the business, founded Esperto Hospitality Group and has been a franchisee of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery® for several decades. Anthony DiLeo’s extensive tenure in the franchise world, spanning over 30 years, brings invaluable insights and operational acumen to the team. Norman Reola, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has honed his skills at esteemed establishments like The Capital Grille and Landry’s restaurants. Anthony Fiorentino brings a deep understanding of the nightlife and restaurant sectors, having worked with prominent venues like Landry’s, Light Group and Libre Management. Together, their diverse backgrounds and collective expertise position them as leaders in the continued expansion of Daddy’s Chicken Shack.

“We are thrilled to kickstart this exciting journey with Daddy’s Chicken Shack,” said John DiLeo. “From the chef-driven menu offerings to the support and encouragement we receive from Dave Liniger, this is the perfect brand for our team. Their commitment to quality and innovation aligns perfectly with our vision, and we see immense potential in bringing this concept across New Jersey.”

John DiLeo will take the lead on strategic planning, while Norman Reola and Anthony Fiorentino will oversee day-to-day operations, maintaining culinary excellence. Anthony DiLeo will manage franchise logistics and business growth, leveraging his experience with Perkins.

“We are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to the Esperto Hospitality Group,” said Dave Liniger Jr., CEO of Daddy’s Chicken Shack. “They bring an impressive track record in the restaurant industry and have the skillset that we look for in our partnerships. With their seasoned leadership and unparalleled expertise, we're confident in the expansion efforts in these new territories. Their stewardship ensures the continuation of Daddy’s legacy of operational excellence, culinary mastery, and unforgettable dining experiences as we spread our wings into the vibrant communities of New Jersey.”

From mouthwatering fried chicken sandwiches to loaded fries and sweet-as-pie dessert options, Daddy’s Chicken Shack is the hottest thing to hit the chicken segment since fried chicken itself. With flavor profiles inspired by Southern charm and chef-driven expertise, the brand continues to capture the attention of entrepreneurs and consumers alike for its continued growth, community-first mindset and commitment to providing each neighborhood with good chicken and better livin’.

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About Daddy’s Chicken Shack

Daddy’s Chicken Shack was born out of a love for good people and even better-fried chicken sandwiches. Owned by Area 15 Ventures, LLC and overseen by REMAX co-founder Dave Liniger, Daddy’s Chicken Shack has grown from a single location to over 100 units in development thanks to its commitment to bringing unique flavors and a touch of sunshine to each community it's situated in. With an emphasis on an elevated, chef-driven menu, tech-enabled operations and flavor profiles fit for a king, Daddy’s Chicken Shack is poised to become your neighborhood’s next go-to spot.

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