Cobb County landmark the Big Chicken has returned to its roost in full googly eyed glory after a three-month hiatus.
The five-story fowl—and the adjacent KFC restaurant—underwent a substantial remodel and expansion as part of a cross-franchise upgrade and modernization.
According to the AJC, the $2.2 million renovation wrapped last week with an official grand-opening celebration, attended by the mayor of Marietta and “Colonel Sanders” himself.
Visitors to the formerly humdrum fast food restaurant will be impressed by the overhaul, which took the building down to its structure.
Now, the building is a fusion of modern style mixed with a bit of homey charm in the form of distressed-wood walls and a large screened porch.
Overall, the renovation added nearly 1,200 square feet of dining space and new patios for outdoor dining.
Out front, a large new sign along Cobb Parkway declares that this big chicken is, in fact, the Big Chicken, in case there was any doubt before.
The Big Chicken reopens today at 11am! Come to this landmark and eat some lunch! #ChickenIsComing @thebigchicken pic.twitter.com/a1Kygpxk8p— City of Marietta GA (@cityofmarietta) May 11, 2017
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