Jackmont Hospitality, Inc., in partnership with Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, welcome you to Chicken + Beer — named for the artist's third album, of course. The next time you are traveling through Atlanta (where the player's play), be sure to stop by for a hot bite, cold drink, and our one-of-a-kind dedication to southern hospitality.


The Concept

The 90-seat restaurant is Jackmont Hospitality’s second independently developed concept at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, following One Flew South, which opened nearly a decade ago and became the first airport restaurant in the U.S. to be a contender for the prestigious James Beard Award. Chicken + Beer serves Southern-style comfort food and locally sourced beers parallel an ambient cool vibe from the playlist to the bold wall art. Boasting reimagined classics like the Battered Catfish with Corn Edamame Succotash and Parsnip Purée, and Luda’s Chicken and Pecan Waffles with Whiskey Maple Syrup and Andouille Sausage, the menu integrates lesser used staples of the traditional Southern catalogue, such as Stout Braised Beef Cheeks with Sweet Potato Mash. The beer selection spotlights an array of local varieties, including those from local favorites Sweetwater and Terrapin, as well as styles from up-and-coming craft breweries Monday Night Brewing, Creature Comfort, Orpheus and Reformation.


The Team

Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges

The career of the multitalented Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, can best be described as remarkable. As a recording artist, he has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” All of these records were accompanied by ingenious videos that demonstrated Bridges’ far-reaching imagination, and his willingness to stretch the boundaries of what rap videos should look and feel like. With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit, and imagery, Bridges has solidified himself as one of music’s premier entertainers. Although he’s best known for his infectious tunes, Ludacris has shown that he’s equally adept at writing powerful songs with serious subject matter, including runaways, with the song “Runaway Love.” Bridges’ versatility and artistic complexity also enabled him to make a seamless transition to acting. Most recently, he starred in Fast 8, the eighth installment in the global box-office hit franchise. His other feature film credits include Universal Pictures’ Furious 7; Fast & Furious 6; Fast Five; 2 Fast 2 Furious; Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve; and Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. His acclaimed performances in film, (Crash, Hustle & Flow), and television, (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), have Hollywood and critics alike buzzing about his increasingly impressive screen resume. Chris “Ludacris" Bridges will star in Fast & Furious 9 in April 2017. He will also be releasing an album around that time. A consummate businessman, Ludacris is enjoying success outside of entertainment. His latest venture includes the highly anticipated Chicken + Beer, located at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. His philanthropic efforts rival his entertainment accomplishments. He also partnered with Crash writer/director Paul Haggis and Artists for Peace and Justice to help raise more than $4 million for Haitian relief efforts. In addition to that, he has raised more than $100,000 for disaster victims through The Ludacris Foundation. Having partnered with Jane Fonda, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and Nelson Mandela, to name a few, The Ludacris Foundation continues to inspire youth through education.

 

Jackmont Hospitality, Inc.

Jackmont Hospitality is an award-winning, minority-owned foodservice management company and one of the fastest growing TGI FRIDAYS® franchisees. Owning and operating restaurants throughout the country on behalf of Atlanta Restaurant Partners (ARP), Jackmont Hospitality also oversees on-site foodservice management contracts with Airport Concessions, Healthcare Foodservice and School District Dining Programs throughout the United States. The spirit behind Jackmont Hospitality was born out of the 1930s home and small family resort of the late Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., former Atlanta mayor. “Jackson's Mountain” provided a retreat for family and friends to enjoy good food and warm, attentive hospitality. Today, Jackmont Hospitality combines the hospitality quality of yesteryear with a modern approach to business and industry solutions.

 

Executive Chef Deandrae Kitchen

Chef Deandrae Kitchen, born in Florida and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, holds an Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu. At The Georgia Institute of Technology Hotel and Conference Center, Kitchen made his first mark in the restaurant industry as a line cook. After three years, Kitchen accepted a position at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead, Atlanta. There Kitchen met his mentor and greatest influence, Chef Todd Richards. Kitchen went on to support Richards as part of the opening team at The Pig and The Pearl, while also continuing to hone his craft at The Shed at Glenwood in Atlanta. As the Executive Chef at The Shed, Kitchen was named one of Zagat’s “30 under 30” in 2015. In 2016, Richards invited Kitchen to be the Executive Chef of Richards' Southern Fried, and Kitchen was instrumental in earning the restaurant recognition as one of the Best New Restaurants in Atlanta. Now as the Executive Chef of Jackmont Hospitality and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges’ restaurant Chicken + Beer in the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Chef Deandrae Kitchen is honored to lead the esteemed team that propelled the restaurant to be named one of Atlanta’s Best New Restaurant Openings in 2017.

 

Beverage Director Jerry Slater

Jerry Slater is known for his hospitality and spirits expertise. Slater first developed an interest in the culinary world as a server for Chicago’s Five-Star Cottage Café. He attended Purdue University where he studied English Literature and Philosophy. After graduating, Slater decided to continue a career in the food and beverage industry and joined the famous Charlie Trotter’s. With its Five-Star, Five-Diamond rating and numerous Relais and Chateaux Awards, Charlie Trotter’s was the perfect restaurant for Slater to develop his hospitality and management skills. The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel in Louisville, KY was Slater’s next venture, where he took a position as the restaurant’s maitre d’ and was promoted to the position of Director of Restaurants. His next project landed Slater in Atlanta, GA as GM of One Flew South, named one of the world’s best airport restaurants. He left the airport to open H. Harper Station, named for his maternal grandfather, where he has gained critical accolades for his cocktail and spirits program. Slater has been invited to the James Beard House three times and participated on the most recent trip as a mixologist, creating cocktails to accompany the dishes. He has completed the first level of the Court of Master Sommeliers and the BarSmarts Advanced certification. He was the Spirits Columnist for Louisville’s Food and Dining Magazine. He is a longtime member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and is currently working on their forthcoming cocktail book with co-editor Sara Camp Milam.