Jan. 2, 2016 By Michael Florio
Kennedy Chicken opened in Jackson Heights Thursday offering much more than just fried chicken.
The restaurant, which opened on the corner of Northern Blvd and 90th Street, offers a broad menu from pizza to kebabs.
“Everyone can find something they like here,” said Tamim Roudy, the owner of the restaurant, who owns six other Kennedy Chicken locations. “Whatever my customers want they can find here.”
The menu includes chicken, burgers, pizza, shrimp, sandwiches, gyros, salads as well as desserts, such as pie, cake and ice cream.
Kennedy Chicken is unaffiliated with Kennedy Fried Chicken.
Roudy, who lives in Flushing, is a big fan of Jackson Heights. He said that he had been trying to open a restaurant in the area for six years prior to establishing this location.
“I always wanted to be on a big corner in Jackson Heights,” he said, noting that he particularly likes his Northern Blvd location. “The foot traffic that Northern Blvd brings is huge for our business.”
This is Roudy’s first restaurant in Queens. His other six Kennedy Chicken restaurants are all located in the Bronx.
He is considering opening two other restaurants in Jackson Heights, with one on 37th Ave and the other on Roosevelt Avenue.
“I love this area and would love to open more restaurants here,” Roudy said.
The Northern Boulevard restaurant is open from 10 am to 3 am, seven days a week.
The restaurant is located just two blocks away from a KFC (87-15 Northern Blvd). However, Roudy believes his fried chicken is better.
“I’ve had their chicken and ours is much better,” he said. “Their chicken is soft and soggy and ours is crispy and crunchy. Plus we offer a variety of menu items that they cannot match.”