Stephanie Izard, Fast-Food Chicken Restaurateur? Chef Announces New Project

07/06/2012 11:05 am ET

Just in time for National Fried Chicken Day, star Chicago chef Stephanie Izard is planning a new restaurant project that will feature the uniquely American cuisine.

As if Izard wasn't busy enough with her now-two-year-old Girl and The Goat, the up-and-coming diner project Little Goat, her new cookbook and more, the chef announced Thursday that she had a new restaurant concept in the works.

In late June, Eater Chicago reported whisperings that Izard was working on a chain of "fast-casual, chicken-focused" restaurants with Boka Restaurant Group partners Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, with a focus on using locally-sourced chicken.

On Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the project was indeed underway, with a flagship River North location expected to open next spring and partnerships with local farmers in the works. One thing Izard is sure about?

"It definitely will not be called 'Girl & the Chicken,'" she told the Tribune.

Izard, and her West Loop darling, were showered with praise in recent years, with the chef herself earning a James Beard nod and her restaurant cleaning up at the first Eater Awards.