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DJ Khaled Gives Calumet Heights A Licking: Express Version Of His ‘Miami-Style’ Soul Food Spot Set To Open This Spring

The restaurant chain created by DJ Khaled opened its first Chicago location on the West Side last year and is coming to the former Harold's location on Stony Island.

The Licking, a popular chain owned by DJ Khaled, is coming to Chatham.
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CALUMET HEIGHTS — The Licking Express, a Florida-based chain restaurant owned by hip hop producer DJ Khaled, is set to open a Calumet Heights location.

A manager from the Austin location, which opened in June 2019, told Block Club the South Side outpost is scheduled to open in the spring. The restaurant will take over the space formerly occupied by Harold’s Chicken Shack, 8827 S. Stony Island Ave.

Billed as “Miami-style soul food,” The Licking offers a variety of entrées, including fried (or grilled) lobster dinners, fried chicken and red velvet waffles, pigeon peas and rice, and fried conch, with prices ranging from $4.25 to $29.

The Calumet Heights location would be the second in Chicago and the seventh overall for the award-winning recording artist.

Credit: Pascal Sabino/Block Club Club Chicago
Inside The Licking in Austin.

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