Old Standard Fried Chicken, the Botanical Heights spot that helped usher in a high-end craze for the once-humble fried chicken, will close its doors after dinner service this Sunday.
That's according to owner Ben Poremba, who issued a press release with the news.Poremba, who also owns Elaia and Olio in the neighborhood, as well as co-owning La Patisserie Chouquette and Parigi in Clayton, said in the release that he planned to reveal "an exciting new concept for the location" in the coming weeks.
Fried chicken is Old Standard's only entrée, and though the prices are about triple what one would find at a classic chicken shack, Poremba is not serving just any old bird. They're ethically raised Amish poultry from a small family farm in Indiana. And his obsession with preparing the perfect fried chicken does not end with the sourcing. He tinkered with the brining process like a chemist and invested serious cash into a special pressure fryer that locks in moisture.