a message to the best customers ever:
With mixed emotions, we announce that we are closing our doors as of April 24, 2022 after 15 years of business. We are grateful to have survived the ongoing pandemic thanks to our exceptionally supportive patrons. Not unlike other small business owners in the restaurant industry, we have been facing significant challenges procuring staff. One of the aims of our recent move from Holland avenue to our smaller Preston St. location was to downsize operations and rely on fewer employees, but the challenge persisted. We see this as a cue to step back. I’m looking forward to retirement and spending lots of time on the golf course; while Natalie will take a long break before deciding what’s next for her. Our daughter Brigitte is moving to Paris to pursue a career in her field, so we’re also looking forward to a trip to France. She will be working some shifts at the restaurant over the next couple of weeks as we bid farewell to our little family business. The Foolish Chicken is for sale and we maintain that this is a solid business for an owner/operator. We are hoping that someone will see this opportunity and benefit from it. We extend a sincere thank you to all of you who supported us and made The Foolish Chicken a success. We hope to see you before the 24th.
Rick & Natalie
For The Family
Owners Rick Boland (your host with the most) and Natalie Aucoin (the baker & the brains) first opened the doors to The Foolish Chicken in June 2007, in the charming neighbourhood of Hintonburg, Ottawa.
After fourteen years of serving up delicious food at their 79 Holland Avenue location, The Foolish Chicken uprooted and re-hatched in March 2021, to the well-known Ottawa neighbourhood of Little Italy. Known for the cozy atmosphere, friendly service, delicious chicken & ribs, mouth-watering cheesecakes and a wide array gluten free menu items, The Foolish Chicken has become a prominent name in the Ottawa restaurant scene, achieving many accolades.
In 2009 they were awarded the Winner of “More than Just Desserts”. In 2020 they were voted as “Ottawa’s Best Chicken or Wings” by Ottawa Life Magazine & in 2021 they were voted as “Ottawa’s Best Gluten Free Menu” by Faces Magazine
The Foolish Chicken is the perfect place for all kinds of dinner outings from date night to catching up with friends or bring the whole family for an affordable and filling dinner out!
When you're there, don’t forget to check out the “Eye-popping” local art showcased in the restaurant (featuring works by Alison Fowler & Cor Beattie).
See you soon!