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FreeByrd Chicken Just Landed in D.C. Inside the Ex-Prospect Space

The pop-up venue at 1214 U Street NW switched over from burgers to chicken

FreeByrd is now serving fried chicken sandwiches at 1214 U Street NW.
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Pennsylvania’s fried chicken purveyor FreeByrd Chicken is feeding D.C. for the first time this summer by setting up shop at the recently shuttered Prospect sports bar.

The rotating venue (1214 U Street NW), which just housed a World Cup HQ pop-up with a burger menu from Lucky Buns, is now going the poultry route and serving FreeByrd’s signature buttermilk-brined fried chicken with homemade pickles and barbecue sauce made on-site.

The new setup opened Thursday, July 19 and will operate for two weeks. Here’s a look at the menu, which also includes sides like slaw and curly fries ($4) and chicken bowls ($9):

Ashburn’s Solace Brewing Co. is handling the beer, taking over the taps with a variety of their flagship brews and one exclusively brewed for the pop-up space. There’s also a happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with half-priced beers, $4 frosé, $5 wines, and $6 summer-themed cocktails that integrate Three Olives Rosé, Suntory whisky, and Hornitos tequila.

FreeByrd Chicken was most recently cooped up at Crystal City’s pop-up venue The Stand for a month.

The brand, which plucks its product from Pennsylvania farms, is prepping to debut its first brick-and-mortar location later this summer inside Philadelphia’s enormous new food hall called Bourse Marketplace. Its popular “Philly Cheese-Chick” sandwich features slow-roasted pulled chicken, jalapeño beer cheese, and beer mustard braised onions on a hoagie roll.

Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Status: Certified open. 1214 U Street NW; website.

The Prospect

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