Al’s Chicken: Giving Back to the Community
If you ask anyone who has dined at Al’s Chicken, they will all tell you the same thing: great food, good atmosphere and nice people. Located on Van Nuys Blvd across from the Marvin Braude Constituent Center, Al’s Chicken has gained popularity and become a local hotspot since its grand opening in Spring of 2010. With delicious flame-broiled rotisserie chicken and comfort food side dishes at a fair price, Al’s Chicken has emerged as the place to be for lunch in Van Nuys.
ICON CDC staff recently sat down with Camille Mathis, who co-owns the restaurant, to learn more about their plans for expansion and philosophy of community service.
ICON CDC: Al’s Chicken has become very popular in town, what makes you different from other fast food restaurants?
Camille: I would say the fact that we’re a small business not a corporation. Being a small business, gives us the ability to have a personal connection with our community. Our size allows us to make decisions right away about our products.
ICON CDC: What would you say is Al’s Chicken business philosophy?
Camille: Our business philosophy is to provide fresh, good quality, and healthy food in Van Nuys. We also try to greet clients by their first name and really train our employees to have excellent customer service skills.
ICON CDC: What efforts would you say you have taken to empower this community?
Camille: Being a native Angeleno and knowing that there are limited opportunities for young people in Los Angeles, I try to employ and mentor local youth whenever I can. I try to teach them skills that will prepare them for the work field or help them one day open up their own business.
ICON CDC: What advice would you give a young person that is looking to opening up their own restaurant?
Camille: Do what you’ve got to do and learn what you need to learn, so that you can do what you want to do in the future.
ICON CDC: Where do you see Al’s Chicken in the future?
Camille: We would like to expand our operations by opening at least one more location in the near future and hopefully many more after that. My plan is to one day make Al’s Chicken into a franchise, and to be able to provide a financial opportunity for someone else.
ICON CDC staff is currently assisting Al’s Chicken with marketing and expansions plans.