Vandals force Chicken Head’s restaurant to close temporarily, owner says

Popular sandwich destination is headed for a relocation, founder says



The owner of Chicken Head’s in Dayton announced on Facebook Sunday that the restaurant is closed temporarily due to vandalism.

“I write today to regretfully inform you that we will [be] closed for the immediate future,” said Chicken Head founder Anthony Head in his Facebook post. “Due to the cowardly acts of a few who damaged our restaurant, equipment and inventory, we will not be able to continue operations.”

For the past year-and-a-half, the restaurant at 3261 W. Siebenthaler Ave. in Northwest Plaza has served up some of the most beloved chicken sandwiches and other southern-inspired dishes in the Miami Valley, building a loyal following.

“What started out as a ‘love letter’ to our city has become, in just two short years, a destination fried chicken spot in northwest Dayton,” Head said in his fundraising post on the restaurant’s GoFundMe page. “As one of the few black-owned restaurants in the area, we were just beginning to hit our stride.”

Dear #ChickenHead Nation I write today to regretfully inform you that we will closed for the immediate future. Due to...

Posted by Chicken Head's on Sunday, February 14, 2021

The vandalism to “critical equipment” is said to have occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 14. Though Head claims that he will be able to pay his employees, the restaurant will have to close temporarily until it can replace the vandalized equipment and relocate.

Chicken Head’s will be moving to a new site, though the exact location and details have yet to be announced. Head told this news outlet this morning, Feb. 15, that he will provide a more in-depth update regarding the move later today.

These costs have prompted Head to launch a GoFundMe fundraiser, totaling $25,000. As of this morning, Monday Feb. 15, the GoFundMe campaign had already raised over $5,000.

While it is not clear how long the restaurant will be closed, Head said Chicken Head’s will be returning to Dayton’s culinary scene as soon as possible. Despite their recent troubles, Head said this morning that he wanted to let the community know that the staff is “in good spirits, and that the immediate needs of our team have been met, and that we’ll be back soon!”

For more information about Chicken Head’s, visit its website or Facebook page.

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