God and chicken: New plans set for Frenchy’s, Wheeler Avenue church

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Details about the transformation of Scott and Wheeler – the corner where the iconic Frenchy’s Chicken sits in the shadow of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church – will be announced by officials from both Third Ward institutions Wednesday.

A late-morning news conference at the church fellowship hall is expected to reveal that the beloved creole restaurant at 3919 Scott will move to a new location in the 3600 block at Alabama.

Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church has been raising money for a capital campaign that will finance a campus expansion to include a new sanctuary. The footprint and landscaping for that edifice will extend to the corner and include the current Frenchy’s property.

This is the first time top officials of both institutions have presented their plans to the public.

Frenchy’s was founded in Houston in 1969 by salesman Percy Creuzot Jr. of New Orleans as a way to introduce the city to creole cuisine. His initial menu items were po-boys, but he soon switched to fried chicken and sides including dirty rice. The establishment has provided food from lunch into the late nights for nearly 50 years.

The new Frenchy’s, which will have indoor and outdoor dining as well as a drive-through, is expected to open in early 2018.


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