Cox’s Hot Chicken opens in Jeffersonville, other new restaurants coming soon

By: Rachael Krause | WAVE 3 News

Another new business is now open in downtown Jeffersonville.

Cox’s Hot Chicken opened its second Southern Indiana location Wednesday. This one is in the former Big Four Burgers building on Spring Street. The new restaurant is one of many new developments changing the town’s landscape.

Cox's Hot Chicken Jeffersonville

Before opening, the building needed a remodel to get the restaurant ready for opening day.

“It’s done, and it looks great,” Cox’s Hot Chicken Owner Andrew Cox said. “We start on the upstairs next week; we’re putting a brewery up there.”

Cox’s Hot Chicken moved into the former Big Four Burgers spot in Jeffersonville after seeing success doing the same in New Albany last November. Even in the cold, the customers have been coming in regularly, higher than what was expected, according to Cox.

“It’s been very, very busy, and we’ve had a lot of great reaction,” Cox said.

 

Cox's Hot Chicken menu

The move is timed perfectly for the restaurant to establish themselves ahead of busy events such as Thunder over Louisville and Abbey Road on the River, as well as with downtown developments.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said one big reason for the increased growth is all the traffic walking its way over from Kentucky and all the new housing going up around town.

“We’ve got a couple more announcements coming in the next couple of weeks about some large residential development projects that are going to be breaking ground,” Moore said. “One of them is slated for February 13.”

But, the new growth isn’t just staying near the river. Near the I-265 interchange with East 10th street, a Chick-fil-A will fill part of the empty space near the new Kroger location. Crews are also busy working to build the new Feeders Supply near the same spot.

Across the interchange on recently built roads, a Heine Bros coffee shop is in the works, and work is being done to start on construction for a movie theater.

“It is a great place to live, and I think people have discovered that – developers certainly have,” Moore said.

The city is keeping up by working through extensive infrastructure improvements and expansions all over town to meet the increased demands from traffic.

Downtown, Cox is capitalizing on Jeffersonville’s success with his latest business. He’s opened up plenty of restaurants around the country, but this one feels personal. He said putting down roots with restaurants near his home in southern Indiana has been special.

“You know, to see people’s reactions, it’s been cool,” Cox said.

Folks around town, and in the region, are now hopeful that this all is the start of even more growth to come.

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