I am not kidding- the Laos Cluckin Hot wings are delicious. Like, REALLY.
Tony was a corporate worker for 13 years before he decided he was ready to try something new. I asked him about the name for his restaurant, ‘Happy Chickenzz.’
While I was making a joke, Tony smiled and had a better answer. “You know when someone is scared to do something, people call that person a chicken? Well, making chicken makes me happy. Sure, I was scared to launch a new business after the safety of the corporate world, but now I’m happy, our customers love us, which makes them happy, and then I get happier. Happy Chickenzz.” (He isn’t exaggerating- check out their reviews)
Tony was hustling, because everyone gets happy at Happy Chickenzz
After two years of just the food truck, Happy Chickenzz grew into its location in El Vado’s courtyard.
Nothing but blue skies at Happy Chickenzz
“Sure, I was scared to launch a new business after the safety of the corporate world, but now I’m happy, our customers love us, which makes them happy, and then I get happier.”
“Albuquerque is a great DIY town, where you can fail and start over….except I haven’t failed yet,” he said and started laughing. “Mayor Keller did our ribbon cutting, and as a minority business owner, I have had nothing but great experiences and no problems with racism here at all. Albuquerque welcomes everyone, and I couldn’t be happier to be here. In fact,” he nodded behind him, “my partner and I will be opening a Sushi and Tempura restaurant here in September, and we’re really excited.”
High Five If You Followed Your Heart & It Led You Here
The trick is the pandemic. They have spaced out the tables, and we all practiced social distancing. When we weren’t eating or drinking, masks were on. (We took them off for the photo).
I am going back to El Vado for more wings soon- and I want to go on a Saturday when live music is playing- everything I saw there made me feel safe- all the restaurants’ staff are in masks, and even though seating is limited as a result, it felt great to be out, and…… the wings. Oh, the wings. Happy Chickenzz has got the wings- but if you happen to be in the mood for something different, they’ve got you covered. You can view their menu here.
Tony, yours truly, and Ryan from the ‘What’s Up ABQ?’ podcast