Restaurant with roast chicken and pickleball paddles in Grapevine


The unusual concept of restaurant-entertainment Chicken and pickle Expands Texas Presence with New Location in Grapevine.

The concept, which combines a restaurant with pickleball courts, will open at Delaney Vineyards, the winery reminiscent of an 18th-century French chateau.

According to a statement, the facility will open in early 2022.

Grapevine will be the third location in Texas and the eighth overall Chicken N Pickle, which was founded in Kansas City in 2016. They also have locations in Wichita, Kansas; San Antonio; and Oklahoma City, and have three more slated to open in the coming months, including a location in Grand Prairie, which paved the way in early 2021.

Pickleball is a paddling sport in which two to four players hit something that looks like a large ball whistling back and forth across a field. Think of it as a mix of ping pong, tennis and badminton, with a few variations. Beginners and advanced players alike can have fun playing Chicken N Pickle.

Pickleball is a fast growing sport most often played in doubles on a court half the size of a tennis court, with an oversized ping pong racket and a plastic ball. The rules are a mixture of tennis and ping-pong.

The Grapevine facility will host pickleball clinics for beginner and advanced players and pickleball tournaments.

Does it seem strange to you to have pickleball courts on the grounds of a wine estate reminiscent of an 18th century French chateau? Not to William D. Tate, Mayor of Grapevine.

“We couldn’t be happier to see Delaney Vineyards enter a new chapter with the addition of Chicken N Pickle,” Tate said in a statement. “This property is instantly recognizable in our city, and Chicken N Pickle will be top-notch family entertainment. Destination and pride for us.”

Chicken N Pickle comes at the right time in that it’s an indoor / outdoor complex, which is a big post-pandemic trend. It includes a sports restaurant and bar with pickleball courts and indoor / outdoor games for all ages, promoting fun, friendship and community.

Chicken N Pickle Grapevine will be equipped with bars, pavilions, several downstairs dining areas, a rooftop dining experience, and outdoor tables. The main dining room will be large enough to accommodate corporate and social events, lunch and learns, large rehearsal dinners and team building events.

The site will feature numerous indoor and outdoor pickleball courts, shuffleboard and petanque courts, as well as a variety of lawn games.

The menu highlights wood-fired chicken, available in four different seasonings, as well as pork and beef sandwiches, salads and protein bowls, fries and toddlers.

They also want to give back, says Bill Crooks, director of the experiment.

“We say ‘our hearts are local’ because we support the communities we serve through philanthropy and our business practices,” said Crooks. “We are thrilled to be part of the Grapevine community.”

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