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MARIETTA - Big Chicken gets a face-lift
The Big Chicken, a landmark in Marietta that extends from a KFC restaurant, overlooks the intersection of Roswell Road and Cobb Parkway.
Pat Bradley of Thrower Electric works to pop out a stubborn piece of wood from a drill bit used for piping at the Big Chicken renovation project.
Davey Vining (right) of Venture Construction jokes with Marlon Ramirez outside the Big Chicken at the corner of Roswell Road and Cobb Parkway in Marietta. Vining is a native to the area surrounding the Big Chicken, and grew up with it being a neighborhood landmark where he ate and from which his father gave him directions. He is working on a renovation of the structure.
HENRY TAYLOR PHOTOS /
HENRY TAYLOR PHOTOS /
Maybe very late April, but things don't seem to be moving all that quickly. Here are photos from 3/12/17. Perhaps May is more likely for an opening.
3/8/17 Work continues:
March 2, 2017
Construction Continues: Feb 23, 2017
NEW PHOTOS OF CONSTRUCTION:
PLUCKED: Big Chicken to hatch again in April
Staff reports MDJ 1/30/17
The Big Chicken on Cobb Parkway appears to have been plucked as the $2 million renovation began on the Marietta landmark, and will be closed for an estimated 12 weeks.
Inside the remaining shell of the dining room of the Big Chicken, construction workers tear out concrete and prepare for the $2 million renovation.
The marquee of the Big Chicken states the famous Marietta landmark will hatch again in April as workers started this week on a $2 million renovation.
Kentucky Fried Chicken wasted little time in beginning its renovations of the Big Chicken.
After closing on Monday, construction crews gutted most of the restaurant’s interior as part of the $2 million renovation of the Marietta landmark.
The 4,731-square-foot restaurant is expected to reopen in April after the makeover, which will include the addition of a screened-in patio and outdoor seating area, a chandelier featuring KFC’s signature chicken bucket, a retail area where guests can buy Big Chicken souvenirs and glass wall to give customers a view into the kitchen.
New signage, art and aesthetics are also expected for the restaurant, and the Big Chicken itself will get a new coat of paint and some maintenance work.
The renovation is part of KFC’s efforts to remodel about 70 percent of its U.S. restaurants over the next three years.
The Big Chicken was originally built in the 1960s above Johnny Reb’s Chick, Chuck and Shake. After KFC purchased the location, a windstorm in the 1990s destroyed most of the landmark, but KFC rebuilt and restored it.
The 56-foot-tall steel bird is one of Marietta’s most well-known landmarks, often used to give directions around town.
PHOTOS OF THE BIG CHICKEN UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Previous work, See also: