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Shaquille O'Neal's fried chicken chain set to open up at Austin's Moody Center

Shaquille O'Neal's fried chicken chain Big Chicken will open a location at Austin's upcoming Moody Center this spring. (Big Chicken/Facebook)

After DJing for the after-party at COTA's 2021 U.S. Grand Prix Race in October, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal is once again setting his sights on Austin with plans for his chicken restaurant chain Big Chicken to open a location in Austin.


The fast-casual chicken restaurant—featuring fried chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, ice cream sandwiches and more—is planning to open at the Moody Center arena this spring. The restaurant is co-owned by O'Neal, who opened the first location in Las Vegas in 2018 and broadcasted the process on a Facebook Watch series aptly titled Big Chicken Shaq.


Shaq and live music fans will get to "eat life to the fullest" at the upcoming Moody Center, the new venue that has already sold out shows before its grand opening in April.

Located on the University of Texas campus, the $338 million venue will hold 15,000 seats and host events including concerts, shows and Longhorn basketball games (replacing the Frank Erwin Center). The venue already surpassed $15 million in ticket sales for upcoming performers including George Strait, Willie Nelson and the Randy Rogers Band, who will christen the Moody Center on April 29 and 30.

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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.