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T's Hot Chicken Shack brings the burn, gives back in Gallatin

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T's Hot Chicken Shack co-owner Scott Vineyard shows off the restaurant's signature hot chicken plate. JOSH CROSS

Gallatin's newest restaurant offers its own take on Nashville hot chicken while giving back to local charities with every sale.

T's Hot Chicken Shack, located at the corner of Nashville Pike and Douglas Bend Road, plans to donate 25 cents of each plate sold to seven area nonprofits, according to co-owner Scott Vineyard. More than $600 has already been raised since the restaurant opened Feb. 20.

"Over the years my wife and I have seen the impact that a lot of these charities have had in Gallatin," Vineyard said. "So, we decided that we want to support each of them one day out of the week and try to raise some money for them throughout the year."

Sales benefit the Sumner County Food Bank on Mondays, Children Are People on Tuesdays, United Way of Sumner County on Wednesdays, Gallatin Shalom Zone on Thursdays, Shop with a Cop and Firefighter on Fridays, Gallatin Day Care on Saturdays and Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County on Sundays.

Fans of hot chicken can choose from four increasing degrees of heat starting with One Upon a Time in Tennessee, up to The Shack Nightmare, which is the hottest. The recipe took 16 different attempts and more than a year to perfect.

"It's made for flavor throughout the entire thing," Vineyard said. "It's sweet, then it's smoky and you can decide what type of burn you'd like to have."

For customers who would like to try something else, T's Hot Chicken Shack also offers several smoked barbecue and brisket plates including the specialty "Whole Hog" sandwich with pulled pork barbecue, smoked ham, bacon and sausage. Seven barbecue sauces are available in addition to side items like green beans, fries, potato salad and coleslaw.

While the restaurant adds another unique dining option for the city, Gallatin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Kim Baker said she hopes its commitment to giving back will be also be noticed by other new businesses.

"Our local non-profits work very hard, and often with very little, to make big impacts in our community," Baker said. "To see a business commit from day one to not only invest in our city, but also give back, is something I hope we see more of in the future."

T's Hot Chicken Shack is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. The restaurant features indoor seating as well as a drive thru with plans to add an outdoor seating area in the future. For more information visit www.tshotchickenshack.com.

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