Chicken Shack was founded by John and Lola Sobeck in 1956. After leaving the army, John wanted employment where he wouldn’t be fired and where he could leave something of value to his children. After tasting broasted chicken for the first time, John decided to open his own restaurant.
The original restaurant was so popular that they frequently sold out of chicken. John experimented with numerous recipes and began broasting their own chickens. Many of the recipes that John and Lola created are still used today, including the sauce on the ribs and the coleslaw.
Today, the company has 21 locations in and around the greater Detroit area. The Sobeck children and grandchildren own and operate the business, which is rumored to be expanding outside of Detroit in the next few years.