Connie’s Chicken & Waffles Opens at Lexington Market

| July 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Baltimore brothers Khari and Shawn Parker opened Connie’s Chicken & Waffles this month at Lexington Market in Downtown. The two have backgrounds in IT and construction, but began discussing the possibility of opening their own restaurant after a trip to Mount Vernon Marketplace last year.

Inspired by the meals they ate growing up, and by popular chicken and waffles places around the country, the brothers decided they wanted to open their own venue in Baltimore and name it after their mother Connie. After looking at several different spaces, they decided to take over a former 580 sq. ft. taco stand at the market.

“We liked the size and visibility of the space and think this is an area on an upswing,” the Parkers told The BMore Stoop. They also mentioned their excitement about an upcoming $27.6 million renovation slated for the market which dates back to 1782.

Now that they have opened, the Parkers said they love “unmatched energy” in Lexington Market and how they are already on a first name basis with so many of their customers.

The brothers renovated their stand to have a feel they described as a “mix of modern and down-home country.” Their space features white tile and reclaimed wood accents. They spent about two weeks on the design and renovation.

For the actual chicken and waffles served at Connie’s, customers can choose boneless chicken breasts or wings and their choice of buttermilk, red velvet, gluten free, or cinnamon bun waffles. They offer toppings such as hot sauce, powdered sugar, and agave. They also offer dessert waffles that can be topped with ice cream, chocolate, caramel, whipped cream, sprinkles, fruits, and more. The Parkers described the dessert option as a “waffle sundae.” All of the food is made fresh to order and orders are ready in 3 to 10 minutes.

For drinks Connie’s offers homemade mixes such as iced tea, lemonade, and blue passion, purple rain, and kiwi strawberry fruit drinks.

Connie’s is open daily from 8:15am to 6pm and customers can dine at the common seating area in the market. Menu items are also available for delivery on OrderUp.

The brothers are hoping to do catering in the future.

The Parkers mentioned that it’s a family affair at Connie’s as you’ll catch them preparing and taking orders while Connie and other family members help out.

The Parkers are hoping their Lexington Market location will be the testing ground and start for many Connie’s locations around the country. They plan to open a mix of sit-down and more casual restaurants and carryout-style places in the future and are hoping to find investors to fuel future growth.

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