MADISON — An old Down in the Delta family recipe for fried chicken is coming to Madison in April.
Champy’s Famous Fried Chicken will open in the renovated Bison’s Bar & Grill building at 8020 Madison Boulevard, in front of Publix near Zierdt Road intersection. It will be Champy’s fourth location in Alabama. There are restaurants in Daphne, Alabaster, and Muscle Shoals; two locations in Chattanooga and locations in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Athens, Ga.
“I am a world-traveled foodie and Champy’s World Famous Fried Chicken is among the best fried chicken recipes in the world,” said managing partner Eugene Jung.
Jung, his brother-in-law David Harris and co-partner Michael Creekmore are refurbishing the building, replacing the floors and removing the booths to make more room for tables. They are expanding the dining room, the bar and the front and side patios, adding roll-up tarp awnings as protection against weather events.
“There will be a small outdoor bar on the front patio facing Madison Boulevard,” said Jung. “We can close it off for private parties or family gatherings of up to 80 people. Eventually, we will have live music off the bar patio.”
The menu includes salads, Southern favorites such as fried green tomatoes, buttermilk-fried pickles, and Mississippi Delta homemade hot tamales with coleslaw and crackers.
Champy’s won two Best of Southern Living awards, and several citywide awards in Chattanooga for its chicken.
“I know good food, so when I saw an opportunity to open a restaurant, I knew this location, right across from Town Madison and the new baseball stadium, was the place to do it,” said Jung.
Jung’s daughter and her family live in Huntsville, so Jung has relocated from Atlanta and bought a home in the nearby Lake Forest community.
“I am excited about introducing Huntsville and Madison to Champy’s this spring …. oh, and wait until you taste the tamales!” Jung said.