Ezell’s in Everett

EVERETT — Ezell’s Famous Chicken is relocating its Lynnwood restaurant to Everett next month.

The new location will be at 615 112th SE, in Everett, said Ezell Stephens, who owns the Lynnwood restaurant with his wife Thistle.

“I’d like to say I’m really looking forward to introducing Ezell’s to people in Everett who haven’t had it. For those who have, it’s going to be a great thing in the neighborhood.”

Oprah Winfrey gave Ezell’s a big boost when she called the restaurant’s fried chicken “the best” on her television show in the 1990s.

The restaurant features super crispy chicken and other Southern cuisine, including baked beans, coleslaw and biscuits.

The original Ezell’s in Seattle was opened in 1984 by Stephens; his former wife, Faye Rudd; two of her brothers, Lewis Rudd and Darnell Rudd; and Stephens’ brother, Sam Stephens, according to the restaurant’s website.

Ezell Stephens is now embroiled in a legal fight over the assets and trade secrets of the six-restaurant chain.

Ezell said he and his wife own the Lynnwood location and this move is not connected to the lawsuit or the other restaurants.

Business was a little slow in Lynnwood and he’s hoping the Everett location will get more traffic.

He plans to introduce a few new items on the menu, including 7-Up cake and sweet potato pie cake.

The new offerings should be like “a taste of heaven,” he said.

The location has seating for 40 to 50 people, a change from the current restaurant which features an indoor walk-up counter.

Stephens does plan to send Oprah an invitation to the opening.

“But she’s a very busy lady,” he said.

Reporter Debra Smith: 425-339-3197 or dsmith@heraldnet.com

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