LAFAYETTE, La. -- Louisiana Life magazine has named Dan Shapiro and Neal Onebane of Krispy Krunchy Chicken to its list of Louisianians of the Year.
The honor is given to individuals who impact their industry on a local, national or international level, as well as the communities in which they live.
“To be given such an honor is humbling, to say the least. This started with my passion for quality food in convenience stores and has turned into a national phenomenon of chicken fanatics,” said Onebane, who founded the convenience-store-based quick-service restaurant in 1989. “It’s been quite the journey and as we expand internationally, I am excited for the future of our company.”
Lafayette, La.-based Krispy Krunchy has more than 2,300 retail locations in 41 states, as well as locations in Malaysia and Mexico.
“The key to our success is that no matter where you visit, you will eat a quality meal. We take the loyalty of our customers very seriously, and we do everything we can to ensure that their expectations are met every time,” said Shapiro, executive vice president of Krispy Krunchy. “It is this core philosophy that has allowed for our unprecedented growth over the past 18 years and 900,000 pounds of chicken to be cooked every week.”
Shapiro told Louisiana Life that the secret of the company's product is injecting both the chicken and the breading with marinade.
Krispy Krunchy’s menu also includes honey butter biscuits, boudin bites, mashed potatoes and gravy, and breakfast items such as sandwiches, empanadas and burritos.