History

The award winning AQ chicken House first opened it's doors for business in Springdale, Arkansas, on July 20, 1947. Back then, Hwy 71 was a dusty two-lane dirt road going nowhere. The origional founder and owner, Roy C. Ritter, began serving what he called "Southern Style" chicken to tourists to let them know how good chicken could taste in the Ozarks. Ritter was a pioneer in the poultry industry, and one of the first to build large poultry houses in the area - and a processing plant too. AQ Chicken now serves over a million satisfied customers a year at its location in Springdale, Arkansas.
And here's the answer to that most-asked question:
"What's the AQ stand for?"
It means Arkansas Quality - and at the AQ, you'll find it in every bite you take.


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