Bill Addison of Atlanta magazine reported this morning that LeRoy’s Fried Chicken has closed. This chicken stand serving Springer Mountain chicken fried in lard and classic Southern sides opened this past summer on the Westside. It was a joint venture between chef Julia LeRoy, Clay Harper and Mike Nelson (the latter two are owners of Fellini’s Pizza and La Fonda Latina).
Was it the use of lard? The overly thick batter? Prices? Parking? Limited seating? We’ll never know.
Although I only tried LeRoy’s once in its first few weeks, I’d heard multiple reports recently that some of the initial kinks had been resolved, resulting in a better product.
Calls to LeRoy’s are unanswered this morning and no announcement has been posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page, but Bill Addison has spoken directly with Julia LeRoy.
I can’t wait to see where chef LeRoy surfaces next.
-by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog