Tinsley's Chicken Reopens in Huntsville After Long Absence

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

The sign said "fly-through", but that's not exactly what customers at Tinsley's chicken were doing on Saturday.

A Line, sometimes two lines, circled the restaurant as car after car pulled in for some chicken.

"There's no chicken like this- if there's a better piece of chicken the rooster got it they used to say," said customer Pat Swor.

There hasn't been a Tinsley's chicken open since 1986, when the east-texas chain was bought out. This week, after 22 years, a restaurant opened in Huntsville, and chaos ensued.

Managers couldn't handle the crowd and closed down the dining room.

"No inside service?" asked one customer. "No ma'am, we're way too busy," said a Tinsley's employee.

In fact, managers said they were too busy to talk to news 3, but so were some of their customers. "Hey I'm at Tinsley's, you're gonna have to call me back, bye," said one customer as she answered then hung up her phone.

For now, employees are taking orders from the car, and hand-delivering food. With so many customers, its a process that takes about 30 minutes, but one most agree is worth it, especially after 22 years.

"Its wonderful, been waiting since I graduated from College," said customer Barbara Railsback.

Tinsley's is located on Highway 30, in Huntsville, and is open from 11a.m. to 9p.m. everday.

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