Nashville hot chicken will make a rare appearance in Boston this week

Hot Chix Boston is bringing all the heat.

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Hot Chix Boston will pop up at PAGU on Thursday. –Hot Chix Boston

While Nashville hot chicken has developed an obsessive fandom across the US in the past few years — with the initial fervor originating from Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack, a family business in northeast Nashville — the fiery poultry dish isn’t easy to come by in the Boston area. You can find it at a few sit-down restaurants in the city, including the Back Bay’s Buttermilk & Bourbon and Kendall Square’s State Park, but there isn’t a local restaurant dedicated to the fried chicken style. Yet.

On Thursday, Hot Chix Boston will serve Nashville hot chicken sandwiches out of Japanese tapas restaurant PAGU’s kitchen in Cambridge, the latest in Hot Chix Boston’s pop-up series in preparation for a summer 2019 opening. The company has already hosted pop-ups at Stir, Drink, and Orange Door Kitchen; its appearance at PAGU will run from 8 p.m to 11 p.m. with food and live music on PAGU’s outdoor patio throughout the evening.

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A Hot Chix Boston sandwich. —HotChixBoston
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Tickets for the event, which can be purchased in advance, cost $30 and cover a Nashville hot chicken sandwich, animal-style fries, bar snacks, veggie sides, and one drink ticket, which includes beer, cava, and more.

Founded by three Boston restaurant all-stars — Alex Nystedt (former general manager of Sportello), William Yoo (owner of a few Charleys Philly Steaks franchises), and Alex Kim (general manager at Eventide Fenway) — Hot Chix Boston will revolve around the fried chicken specialty, along with Southern sides like mac and cheese and collard greens. In April, the founders told Eater Boston that they are hoping to open a brick-and-mortar spot this summer.

Hot Chix Boston at PAGU; 310 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; Thursday, May 23 from 8 p.m.–11 p.m.; hotchixboston.com