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Need a greasy fair food fix? Chicken Charlies opens La Mesa stop

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 21:36:34-04

LA MESA, Calif. (KGTV) - The San Diego County Fair isn’t happening in 2020, but there are still ways to get your fair fix.

There are virtual activities hosted through the fair, and one food vendor is still bringing fair food to the community.

Chicken Charlie’s is known for deep-fried everything, from Oreos to meat, and this year, the new addition is deep fried taffy. While the fair won’t be happening, Charlie Boughosian has brought his trailer to the Grossmont Center in La Mesa to bring fried food to the community. Friday would have been the first day of the fair, so Charlie made it the first day of shop in the parking lot.

“I’m feeling the same kind of pressure I feel on opening day of the fair,” he said Friday.

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The business is set-up for customers to order online then pick up once it’s ready. Be prepared for a wait; the first day was a hit and the crowds showed up.

He said they’ll start with hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. then expand if possible. The plan is to stay open for about a month then see how it goes. Charlie said he’s still looking to hire about 20 employees.

“I think food is love and I love feeding people and there’s nothing better than fried chicken. We’re talking comfort food at its finest,” said Charlie.