Local franchisees remodeling former Chik N House, strengthening Lee’s brand presence in Ohio
Delfos, Ohio (RestaurantNews.com) Lee’s famous recipe® Chicken, the quick-service restaurant chain specializing in fresh, never-frozen chicken, today announced the opening of its brand new franchise restaurant in Delphos, Ohio. Franchisees Ryan and Wanda Hoehn expand the success of their Wapakoneta location by moving into an additional market, remodeling the Chik N House Restaurant at 239 W. 5and in Delphos as Lee’s with plans to retain current employees and hire and train additional staff.
“Ryan and Wanda are a perfect example of what we look for in our Lee’s franchisees, given their dedication to learning our systems and becoming excellent operators,” said Ryan Weaver, CEO of Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken. “They received the brand’s ‘Rising Star Award’ last year for delivering the strongest sales growth of any unit in our system in 2020, and now we’re thrilled to see them owning multiple units with this second location in Delphos. We look forward to Ryan and Wanda growing their “celebrity fan” client base in their Northwest Ohio locations.
“Having established Lee’s Famous Recipe in Wapakoneta, we are ready to expand our business and grow our relationship with Lee’s,” says Wanda Hoehn. “We believe the Delphos community is a great addition to our business and the popular Lee’s chicken brand. We are excited to make Delphos, Ohio “famous!”
The Hoehn’s Wapakoneta Lee location was named the 2021 Small Business of the Year by the Wapakoneta Chamber of Commerce, and the Hoehn’s received the Rising Star Award at the Lee National Convention last fall.
“We are very interested in getting involved in the local community,” says Hoehn. “We are involved with area schools in a number of ways – providing free lunch coupons for teachers to use as rewards; catering meals for groups such as sports teams, group and choir banquets, awards dinners and many other clubs; and we offer popular school fundraising. The way it works is that the organization running the concession stand buys our chicken strips at a reduced rate and then sells the breast strips to spectators to make a profit for their group.
The new Delphos location will offer a variety of family and personal meals at a reduced price each week, and the dessert and beverage promotions will change every few weeks. The renovated 1,700 square foot location offers both dine-in, drive-thru and mobile ordering options and will offer a full menu of fresh, never-frozen, hand-breaded and honey-dipped chicken, as well as other classic dishes, famous sides, and house tea Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. To view the menu and order online, customers can visit LeesFamousRecipe.com or call the restaurant for orders and catering (419) 692-3333.
About Lee’s Famous Recipe® Chicken
For over 50 years, Lee’s Famous Recipe® Chicken, a casual dining franchise founded in Lima, Ohio, has specialized in fresh, never frozen chicken. Today, there are 130 franchises and locations owned by Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken Company in 12 states across the United States and Canada. For more information, please visit LeesFamousRecipe.com.
Dana Dussing Berry