Parsons Chicken and Fish
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  • Parson’s Chicken and Fish

On the corner of Armitage and Humboldt, the small brick building with the jaunty mansard roof has sat vacant for years. “This has always been one of those unlucky corners—since I was a kid, it’s been a muffler shop, a gyros place, a bakery, and they all failed,” said Alderman Rey Colon (35th). Sporting a brown fedora and neatly trimmed mustache, he surveyed the crowd packed inside for a private fund-raiser on Saturday night. “This place should do pretty well, though.”

Parson’s Chicken & Fish, the latest venture from Land and Sea Dept. (Longman & Eagle, Beauty Bar, Green Bean Day School & Nursery), won’t open until later this spring. But at the Saturday fund-raiser for the South Logan Arts Coalition, about 100 guests got a preview of the space and some sample bites from executive chef Hunter Moore (Nightwood, Girl & the Goat, Lula). Moore said his full menu will feature “elevated shack food”—coastal, southern staples such as fried chicken, hush puppies, and raw oysters.