When obeying directions in Cobb County, it’s not that strange to be told to “turn left at the Big Chicken” — as strange as that sounds.
Towering nearly five stories, the metal bird has been a landmark at Cobb Parkway and Roswell Road since 1963.
Built by an enterprising poultry purveyor, the chicken has adorned what is likely the country’s most unique KFC — and even garnered USA Today’s nod for “Georgia’s Most Iconic Landmark.”
However, with a new “standard” set for KFC, expect some major changes to the building and site, according to the AJC.
The franchisee that owns the restaurant — and many others around the metro area — is planning to overhaul the building to bring it up to the new company standards.
Inside, the restaurant will be gutted; new metal, brick, and weathered wood details will be added back in. A timeline displaying the history of the restaurant will also be built.
Outside, expect a new patio and screened porch, accommodating a few diners.
All the changes will require the closure of the restaurant — squawk! — for nearly three months.
But don’t worry, the chicken isn’t going anywhere.
In case there’s any doubt what the red tower — with a beak that opens and closes and spinning googly eyes — is, a new sign will proclaim that it is, in fact, “the BIG chicken.” Just to clear up any confusion.