“Everybody loves chicken,” says Elizabeth Darko, “and we’re everything about chicken.”

Hence the name of the new restaurant Darko is opening next month with her husband, Samuel: andCHICKEN Food & Beverage Co. The restaurant will be at 494-1 Town Center Place in the Village at Sandhill, a 2,600-square foot space that formerly housed Which Wich.

The chicken-focused menu will include fried, sautéed and rotisserie-baked chicken in full, half and quarter chicken portions, as well as wings, drumsticks, thighs and kabobs.

Accompaniments will include regular or sweet potato fries, macaroni and cheese, waffles, and plain, vegetable or coconut rice. Lighter fare will include a choose-your-own ingredients salad bowl.

The restaurant also will feature a coffee and bakery shop offering coffees, espresso, cinnamon rolls, cupcakes and other desserts. Samuel Darko said the restaurant will provide free internet access for those who want a quiet place to work while enjoying their coffee. Karaoke and jazz nights also are in the plans for next year.

This is the second restaurant venture for the Darkos, who relocated to Columbia from Ghana in 1999 so Samuel could complete a doctoral degree in environmental engineering. For the past two years, they’ve also operated Asanka Kitchen, a west African-themed restaurant at 10203 Two Notch Road.

The Darkos are targeting Dec. 15 to open andCHICKEN. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Sunday, expanding to breakfast and evening hours in the near future.

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