Or, at least for the next three years, which, you know, is basically forever


Hot Chicken Takeover signed a new agreement with the North Market that will allow it improve ordering, carryout and more. Meghan Ralston photo

North Market announced today that Hot Chicken Takeover will remain at the market as a permanent vendor. This week HCT signed an agreement for three more years in the upstairs kitchen. The Nashville-style fried chicken pop-up moved into the market last December, after spending most of 2014 serving from the Near East Side Cooperative in Olde Towne East. The initial agreement with the market specified service through May 31.

Hot Chicken Takeover owner Joe DeLoss said the permanent set-up will mean upgrades to the kitchen, the space and the ordering process. The improvements include additional ordering terminals, new kitchen equipment and a designated space for carryout orders.

For now, HCT's hours will remain the same - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday-Sundays - but DeLoss hinted that expanded hours are on the way.

Earlier this year, the company also launched a mobile food truck, funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign. The truck makes regular appearances at Columbus Crew SC games, and will embark on a neighborhood tour over the summer, with established stops at Olde Towne East, Clintonville and Gahanna.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast at breakfastwithnick.com and authored the guidebook "Breakfast With Nick: Columbus," with a second edition coming in 2015. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures and brewery tours for Columbus Brew Adventures.