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Volunteers prepare for Ypsi PRIDE Day
By Mark Tower
May. 13, 2010   ·   7:09 a.m.

Volunteers and W.H. Canon employees plant flowers in Depot Town while Ypsilanti resident Mike Labadie repairs the planter's brick work on Ypsi PRIDE Day last year.

Each year, residents in and around the city of Ypsilanti carry on a tradition started by a group of community members enrolled in a city leadership program, a sort...read more

Bicycles zoom as flowers bloom
By Citizen staff
Apr. 30, 2010   ·   2:11 p.m.

Riders from last year's spring ride come in after a long trip. Bike Ypsi’s 2010 Spring Ride and Festival is from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday at Recreation Park (1015 Congress Street).

The weather has turned, the trees are budding and the flowers are popping out of the ground; time for a cruise through town. But don’t be so quick to hop in the...read more

Sheriff Clayton visits Ypsilanti Township
By Mark Tower
Apr. 29, 2010   ·   12:59 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township resident Kathleen Hanadel takes notes as her and other residents attempt to asses WCSO services Tuesday evening at a community forum held at the township's community center.

About 50 Ypsilanti Township residents gave the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office their input about law enforcement in the community Tuesday evening.

The information...read more

Local photographer raising funds for Ypsi Project exhibit
By Adrienne Ziegler
Apr. 20, 2010   ·   2:20 a.m.

Ypsilanti resident Nicholas Beltsos his grandson Demetrios were photographed by Project Ypsi photographer Erica Hampton during a bike ride she took Monday. A former EMU economics professor, Beltsos and his family moved to Ypsi from Dearborn in 1967.

Ypsilanti has many faces, and Erica Hampton wants to share a few of them with you.

Over the past year, Hampton created the The Ypsi Project, a series of portraits...read more

Savoy taking shape as live music venue
By Dan DuChene
Apr. 17, 2010   ·   2:38 p.m.

Local funk band Third Coast Kings play in Ypsilanti's newest live music venue, Savoy, Friday night.

Ypsilanti's newest concert venue is preparing for its grand opening weekend April 23, more than a month after its soft opening March 13.

Formerly Club Divine,...read more

New restaurant brings spice to downtown Ypsi

Cory Barden, left, opened Kory’s Krispy Krunchy Chicken Wednesday. The new restaurant  features a Cajun chicken recipe that derives from Louisiana. Photo by Charnika Jett

Cory Barden, left, opened Kory’s Krispy Krunchy Chicken Wednesday. The new restaurant features a Cajun chicken recipe that derives from Louisiana.

Kory’s Krispy Krunchy Chicken opens in former Buffalo Wild Wings location

By Charnika Jett
Aug. 24, 2009    ·    10:04 a.m.

A spicy chicken recipe that has left down south resident’s mouths watering for the past three decades has arrived in Ypsilanti.

Kory’s Krispy Krunchy Chicken, which opened Wednesday, features a Cajun chicken recipe that derives from Louisiana. In addition to chicken, the menu also includes other New Orleans favorites like Jambalaya and fried corn on the cob.

Cory Barden, a Canton resident who has always enjoyed cooking fried chicken, manages this family-owned business.

“I have been cooking chicken all my life,” Barden said. “When I was going to college at Ferris State [University], I was the cook and ironically, we ate fried chicken every night for dinner.”

Barden, a worker at an automotive supply company decided to open up a chicken business once his company started downsizing. Instead of thinking negatively about his future at his job, Barden thought this was the perfect opportunity to fulfill his dream.

“I thought that [this is a] business that I could be successful because it’s something that I like to do and don’t mind [doing],” he said. “So I put my best foot forward, and a lot of things came together for me.”

The first thing that came together for Barden was the location. Barden knew that he wanted to open his business in Ypsilanti after attending both and Washtenaw Community College and Eastern Michigan University several years ago.

“I wanted to be in Ypsilanti because I was familiar with the area,” he said. “To me the atmosphere is always great around college towns. It’s always a good mix of people. You got the students and people who have been here for years.”

After requesting a location on Washtenaw, Barden’s real estate agent decided to show him the old location that housed a popular chicken wing restaurant just two years ago.

“I saw and I said ‘It has a kitchen!’” Barden recalled. “He told me that Buffalo Wild Wings used to be here and I felt that was a plus.”

After the location was secured, Barden had to find exactly how he was going to sell chicken. After doing research, Barden found out about Krispy Krunchy Chicken and realized that is has been a favorite of Down South for almost 30 years.

“We have recipes that have been created by Krispy Krunchy Chicken,” Barden said. “They have fined turned their products so now they have it out as a brand.”

“Chicken is chicken and anybody can fry it, but we have a Cajun flavor that has just a little bit of spice in it, you can taste it when you bite it, but it doesn’t linger on and it doesn’t burn your mouth,” Barden said.

Barden also decided to go with the Krispy Krunchy brand because their business let’s the owner add to their menu if they like and that’s something that Barden plans to do with the input of the community.

Barden said if there’s a side dish that a customer would like to see on the menu, let him know.

"We're a family-owned business that’s going to incorporate itself into the community, please give us a suggestion on how to expand and provide service,” Barden said.

Kory’s Krispy Krunchy Chicken is located at 124 Pearl St. Hours of operation are from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call Barden at (734) 484-4443.

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