Turkey Leg Hut’s Fort Worth Pop-Up Met With Hours-Long Lines
At the weekend, the Houston-based Turkey Leg Hut restaurant in Fort Worth popped up, and the anticipation for those sauce-choked, noodle-filled turkey legs was so great that many diners stood in line for over 12 hours.
The restaurant, which serves smoked turkey thighs with extras like seafood alfredo, mac and cheese, and dirty rice, hosted a three-day pop-up from a food truck outside Potter’s House church this past weekend. Before the pop-up opened on Friday morning, the cars had already driven about half a mile down Interstate 30. A representative from the restaurant estimated there were more than 3,000 people in line before the doors opened at 11 a.m., according to the Dallas Observer.
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As previously reported by Eater, Turkey Leg Hut owners Lynn and Nakia Price said they would head to Dallas-Fort Worth with 25,000 turkey legs in tow, but that was clearly not enough.
Over a thousand comments on the restaurant’s Facebook page are full of stories of long waits and complaints about how the restaurant dealt with the situation. Some people are not served until well after midnight. Some gave up after seven hours while others waited up to 13 hours for food. The restaurant was running out of turkey legs at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning and people were still waiting in line. Some guests have reportedly received coupons for free turkey legs after standing in line for hours, but it’s unclear whether or not they will have to do the 250 mile hike to Houston to redeem them.
On the second day of the pop-up, the restaurant had switched from the drive-up service to the walk-up service. Until Sunday, they limited the orders to six turkey legs per customer. That limit was apparently necessary, judging by a video showing a receipt that consisted of more than $ 1,100 in turkey thighs from just one order.
No word yet on whether the restaurant, which regularly pulls long lines at its stationary location in Houston, is planning another pop-up for the Dallas area.