Daddy’s Chicken Shack Takes Flight in New Jersey with Multi-Unit Franchise Deal

Daddy's Chicken Shack Takes Flight in New Jersey with Multi-Unit Franchise Deal
Daddy's Chicken Shack Takes Flight in New Jersey with Multi-Unit Franchise Deal

Daddy’s Chicken Shack, renowned for its mouthwatering fried chicken and commitment to community, is embarking on a new chapter with a significant multi-unit franchise agreement. This exciting venture will bring 13 new Daddy’s Chicken Shack locations to Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, marking the brand’s debut in the Garden State.

Spearheading this expansion is the Esperto Hospitality Group, a seasoned team boasting decades of experience in the restaurant industry. John DiLeo, the group’s founder, has helmed Perkins Restaurant and Bakery® franchises for several years, bringing a wealth of operational expertise to the table. Anthony DiLeo, with over 30 years in the franchise world, further strengthens the team’s knowledge base.

The group also leverages the culinary expertise of Norman Reola, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. Reola’s experience at esteemed establishments like The Capital Grille and Landry’s restaurants ensures a focus on delivering exceptional culinary experiences at Daddy’s Chicken Shack. Rounding out the team is Anthony Fiorentino, whose extensive background in the nightlife and restaurant sectors includes working with prominent names like Landry’s, Light Group, and Libre Management. This combination of diverse skillsets and proven leadership positions the Esperto Hospitality Group as a perfect partner for Daddy’s Chicken Shack’s continued growth.

“We are incredibly excited to embark on this journey with Daddy’s Chicken Shack,” expressed John DiLeo. “From the irresistible menu offerings to the unwavering support provided by Dave Liniger, CEO of Daddy’s Chicken Shack, this partnership aligns perfectly with our vision. We share a deep commitment to quality and innovation, and we see tremendous potential for this concept to thrive across New Jersey.”

Within the Esperto Hospitality Group, John DiLeo will be responsible for leading strategic planning, ensuring long-term success. Norman Reola and Anthony Fiorentino will focus on day-to-day operations, maintaining the high culinary standards that Daddy’s Chicken Shack is known for. Leveraging his experience with Perkins, Anthony DiLeo will spearhead franchise logistics and oversee business growth for the group.

“We are delighted to welcome the Esperto Hospitality Group to the Daddy’s Chicken Shack family,” said Dave Liniger Jr., CEO of Daddy’s Chicken Shack. “Their impressive track record in the restaurant industry and diverse skillset perfectly match the qualities we seek in our franchise partners. Their seasoned leadership and unparalleled expertise give us immense confidence in their ability to successfully expand our brand in these new territories. We are confident that they will uphold Daddy’s legacy of operational excellence, culinary mastery, and creating unforgettable dining experiences as we spread our wings and become a cherished part of the vibrant communities in New Jersey.”

Daddy’s Chicken Shack has taken the fast-food scene by storm with its menu featuring mouthwatering fried chicken sandwiches, loaded fries, and delectable sweet treats. Inspired by the flavors of the American South and created with a chef’s touch, Daddy’s Chicken Shack continues to capture the hearts and appetites of both entrepreneurs and consumers alike. They are renowned for their dedication to growth, a community-centric approach, and an unwavering commitment to providing “good chicken and better livin'” to every neighborhood they serve.

Aspiring entrepreneurs interested in joining the Daddy’s Chicken Shack franchise family can find more information at

A Legacy of Flavor and Community

Daddy’s Chicken Shack was born from a simple yet powerful desire: to bring delicious food and good company together. Owned by Area 15 Ventures, LLC, and overseen by REMAX co-founder Dave Liniger, Daddy’s Chicken Shack has grown from a single location to over 100 units in development. This impressive expansion is a testament to their commitment to infusing unique flavors and a touch of Southern hospitality into every community they touch.

By emphasizing an elevated menu inspired by culinary expertise, tech-enabled operations, and flavors fit for royalty, Daddy’s Chicken Shack is poised to become a go-to spot for delicious and satisfying meals in New Jersey and beyond. For more information about the restaurant brand and its menu offerings, visit

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