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Forty’s Chicken & Waffles Returns to Old North Arcade

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For the last three years that Old North Arcade has been around, owner Ben Morgan has watched as food from Mikey’s Late Night Slice, Ray Ray’s, Hounddogs and elsewhere came into his bar. Either on a typical Friday or Saturday night, or during a corporate event, wedding reception, or engagement party, “everyone always brings in outside food.”

“We wanted to get some skin in that game,” says Morgan, who’ll open up the former food truck concept, Forty’s Chicken & Waffles, inside the arcade later this month.

Described as “over the top, comically unhealthy, late night bar food,” Forty’s is not the artisan chicken and waffles with which many are familiar. Hungry gamers can get fried chicken on a waffle wedge slider, with slaw and barbecue sauce; a waffle cone, with mac and cheese and maple syrup; in a waffle taco, with slaw, green onion and chipotle ranch; or on a glazed donut with slaw and maple syrup. All come with a side of batter-dipped waffle fries. “Tendies,” or chicken tenders, are also available with a waffle wedge.

Forty’s isn’t just for food, though. It’ll offer 40 oz beers (obviously), domestics and imports, and an alcoholic and non-alcoholic root beer float. The idea is to offer some relief for the main bar’s bartenders, who, as Old North Arcade has expanded into the old Cafe Bella space, have found themselves accommodating many more people with the same size bar.

Forty’s Chicken & Waffles can be found in the back room at Old North Arcade. It was converted from a storage room and offers roughly 500 square feet for operations. Morgan says it’s a much more ideal situation than the food truck they had on their patio for a few months in 2017.

“It was a huge hit and people loved it, but [food trucks] are kind of a pain in the ass,” he says. “You have to move them all the time, refill the water and propane. There’s a seasonality component — no one wants to go to a food truck when it’s cold or raining.”

As of Friday, Jan. 25, Forty’s will be open to arcade-goers at 2593 N. High St. It’ll start with limited days and hours, opening from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. It’ll be closed Monday through Wednesday until mid-February, when it’ll have the same hours as the arcade.

For more information, visit fortyschickenandwaffles.com.

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