Gus's Brings ‘World Famous' Fried Chicken to Little Rock's River Market

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken seemed to be living up to the “World Famous” designation last week in Little Rock’s River Market District. The place was jumping with lines occasionally snaking out the door.

The busyness bodes well for the first Gus’s outside of Tennessee, according to the restaurant’s Little Rock manager, Jeff Langston. Gus’s, based in Memphis, has several locations in Tennessee. Its website promises one “coming soon!” to Austin, as does Langston.

The owners of the Little Rock Gus’s are Daniel Bryant, Carter and Jenny Malloy and Will Slabaugh, all of Little Rock, Langston said in a hasty telephone interview after the lunch crowd had dwindled. Bryant is an area restaurateur, Carter Malloy works in the research department at Stephens Inc., focusing on the Internet and IT services, and Slabaugh also works in research at Stephens; Slabaugh’s specialty is, appropriately, restaurants.

Gus’s had staged a “soft opening” the week before Memorial Day and then opened for real last week. Langston agreed with the obvious observation that business had been brisk. He’s working 15 hours a day, he said, but as a restaurant business veteran — in the sector since 1989 — he’s probably used to long hours.

Gus’s is at 300 President Clinton Ave., Suite D. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and on Sunday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Gus’s serves throughout the day, a boon for those craving fried chicken outside the usual lunch and dinner hours.