“We season our food here,” Slack joked about the obsessive focus on flavor at his restaurant, Tasty’s Chicken. “The seasoning has gotten lost somewhere—I don’t know where—but I’m going to bring it back.”
Prior to joining the restaurant industry, Slack spent 18 years in music in his hometown of Monroe, Louisiana, where he managed some of rap’s biggest names, including Drake.
Following his move to Texas, Slack branched out and opened a men’s apparel business, a sneaker store, a talent booking agency and, finally, Tasty’s Chicken, which debuted in Plano in 2019.
Chicken wings and tenders at Tasty’s are seasoned with a lemon-pepper spice blend. Diners can then choose to add one or more of the restaurant’s 50-plus sauces.
“I wanted to put my own niche in the chicken industry,” Slack said. “It really hasn’t been disrupted in forever.”
The menu also includes fried shrimp, catfish, crawfish, fries, onion rings and beignets, all of which are made to order.
Slack said the desire to provide generational wealth for his family is what drives him to seize upon every opportunity. He said he is keenly aware of systemic inequities that predispose certain people for success and leave others at a disadvantage.
“It’s really kind of sad what is going on in today’s community,” he said. “A lot of situations could have been changed if the setup was right.”
Slack said he has big dreams for the future of Tasty’s. A location in The Colony is set to open this month, followed by four more locations over the next 18 months. After the first five locations, Slack intends to open up the business to franchisees.
“I have a cool, new concept that people want to be a part of,” Slack said. “I’m excited about where I’m going.”
705 W. Park Blvd., Plano
Hours: Mon.-Sat. noon-5 p.m., Sun. noon-3 p.m.