Exclusive: Dave Query and Big Red F opening a brewery and chicken joint in Lafayette

The fomer VWF hall in Lafayette will be the new site of a brewery and chicken house from Big Red F.

For the past several weeks, the brass from Big Red F -- owner and chef Dave Query, culinary director Jamey Fader and Brett Smith, the current exec chef of Zolo Grill -- have been on a chicken crawl, traversing the country in search of America's best fried chicken and rotisserie chicken. It's all part of a scouting mission that will result in a new -- and still unnamed -- chicken house and brewery that Query will open next year in the former VWF hall in Lafayette.

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"Last week, Brett was in Texas eating chicken, right now, Brett is in Nashville eating chicken, and next week, Brett will in Mississippi and Georgia...eating chicken," squawks Query, adding that he and Fader just returned from Charleston, South Carolina, where they, too, immersed themselves in fowl. "We're dividing and conquering chicken across the country."

And if you're curious as to why Query is interested in unleashing a chicken romp, it's really quite simple: "There are a ton of taquerias, burger places and pizza joints, but no one has really filled the chicken slot, so this is going to be all about chicken -- fried and rotisserie," he explains.

"I was born in Kentucky," says Query, "and I remember meeting Colonel Harland Sanders at his second Kentucky Fried Chicken. I rode my bike down there to meet him, and there he was, standing outside in his whole white Colonel Sanders outfit." Query shook his hand and got an inked autograph. "That's how I rolled as an eight-year-old kid," he quips, noting, too, that his mom made a "killer fried chicken."

But chicken dinners, complete with the requisite sides like collard greens, mashed potatoes and mac and cheese, are just the beginning of what Query, who purchased the 9,622-square-foot building, has planned. "We're building a brewery, too, for the purpose of producing beer for all of our locations," reveals Query, who also owns three (soon to be four) Jax Fish Houses, along with Lola, West End Tavern, Zolo Grill, Centro and Bitter Bar. "We plan to brew beer on the premises, and I'm looking for a brewmaster right now, so if you know of anyone, tell them to look me up."

Much of the square footage will be devoted to production, and the number of beers that they'll have on tap will range from three to ten, says Query. He divulges, too, that the kitchen will be commanded by Smith, who will leave Zolo in the more than capable hands of his sous chef. "This is a great opportunity for everyone," stresses Query, and "it's also a great opportunity of us to stay in Boulder County, but get out of Boulder itself."

Query, who's still ironing out all the details -- "I have a million ideas in my brain," he says -- hopes to open in July of next year, and the project, he adds, is one that he's very much looking forward to. "I'm super-psyched to be doing something in Lafayette, and, come on, have you ever heard of a fried chicken brewery? Right. Great beers and great fried chicken. Cool."

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Welcome to Lafayette.  Looking forward to your new business here. On a side note, someone said, that's one ugly building in a post. That building was our VFW home for over the last 35 years. It was the meeting place for War heros. Wedding and births to funerals were celebrated and honored here. We sang God Bless America, in a circle holding hands here. Karaeoke to cancer fund raisers, watching sporting events and gathering and weeping when our nation was under attack. Raised our nations flag daily and Prisioners of War flag. I watched an old, tired Veteran take one of his last breaths here. We watched children grow up here. I spent every Memorial Day and Veterans Day here with Veterans toasting to fallen Heros. I planted up the front with red Geraniums for over 30 years to honor its people. Garden parties, selling brats and burgers to raise money to keep the doors open. Men's and Ladies Auxillaries donating their time and money to support our Vets. Buying a beer for a member and being there to just listen to them and their memories and lives. So, welcome to Lafayette, please treat this land with the honor and dignity it deserves and know there is thousands in this town that will always have this old piece of land in Lafayette Old Town in their hearts, Thank you, Brian J Wheat, USAF Sgt Veteran and local business owner


That sounds like a killer combination: chicken & beer!


One of the best restaurant owners in town!  Best of luck Dave!

davebarnes topcommenter

that is one ugly building


They need to try El Pollo Rico in Arlington, VA next to DC. Best peruvian chicken on the planet. It's about time someone opened up a peruvian rotisserie chicken joint here.


@flowerguy41 Good points!  Hopefully they will keep some of the old character of the place, both physically and the spirit of it.  The stonework is classic after all!  And yes, Welcome to Query et al to Old Town Lafayette...can't wait to taste the chicken and beer.


@iWannaTalkToSampson Along the same lines, have not had, but, Pollo Campero is supposedly a good Guatemalan fried chicken. Nearest locations are Dallas and Phoenix.

LoriMidsonCafeSociety moderator editor

@iWannaTalkToSampson There is a Peruvian rotisserie chicken joint in Denver: La Polleria , and you should definitely check it out if you haven't done so already.

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