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Does anyone remember Tinsley's Chicken 'n Rolls?

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:D Yep... just had some a few minutes ago (Sunday, December 14th, 2008)!

Tinsley's "Boss Bird" Fried Chicken has just re-opened in Huntsville this past week, after a 22 year absence... and amidst little fanfare. Having observed the crowds, they need not be "advertising" owing to the midst of enthusiasm!

The initial attendance was so overwhelming, they had to close the "dining room"... and for the present, offer only DUAL "Fly Through" service. The service is being handled by several folks that hand out menus and then hustle to take your order. There was even someone handing out free "samples" of those famous rolls. I'd have to say, that kind of service really get's my respect!

The location is approximately 1 mile west of IH45, on the north side of Hwy 30 (across from Bank of America). From the south, exit IH45 to the right (3rd Huntsille exit), as though you were going to College Station. Likewise, from the north, exit right at the 2nd Huntville exit and turn right on Hwy 30.

We've had "Boss Bird" chicken twice since they opened on December 8th... and it won't be long before we're going back again!

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My uncle was the owner of the Tinsley's in College Station and Hempstead and my father and 4 other men owned the one in Stafford, texas

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My uncle was the owner of the Tinsley's in College Station and Hempstead and my father and 4 other men owned the one in Stafford, texas

Porter Woliver owned the Navasota and Hempstead locations. David Tinsley never sold the College Station location as a franchise. There was a group of men that own several franchises including the Stafford franchise.

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Went there today. The food wasn't spectacular, but it was good. :D

EDIT: The signage is big and beautiful, and it appeared to be relatively popular. I wonder if they could come to CSTX again.

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I went to SFA in the late 70s and there was a Tinsley's either there or in Lufkin as well as along the route from Nacko to San Antonio. And I have been craving those ROLLS.... anybody have a recipe?

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Is Del Taco alive & kicking still in California? There used to be Del Tacos all over here. One was across from Klein more moons ago than I care to admit. You still see the old Del Taco buildings scattered around town converted to different uses. I think there is a Shipley's in one on Richmond between Sears and the spur, Frank's grill is in one over on Magnum behind NW mall.

As for Tinsley's, I remember them in Huntsville. I thought they were bought out by Hartz or something. I'm not sure.

I can't believe that someone remembers that Del Taco across from Del Mar stadium on Mangum! lolol that was around 1979 when i last went there. I've seen Tinsley's before years ago, but I don't remember where :S WOW - okay I know this is off subject but if someone actually remembers Del Taco on mangum, do you happen to remember Monterey House that was located in what was until a few years ago Theater Suburbia, in the little strip parking lot that was just torn down relatively recently and now stands a new credit union building ~ All this happened @ northwest corner of 43rd street and Oak Forest. and here's one for extra credit, not a food establishment, sorry: Sheli's Surf Shop on Judiway across the street from the pool in the park. The original building(little shack really) is no longer there, but i know the business was open until thru the early 1980's ????

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Tinsley's was owned by David Tinsley of Huntsville, Texas. The original one was in Hunstville and is now closed. He also owned Tinsley's chicken that was bought out by either Churches or Hartz. He also owned a restarant in Huntsville by the name of Steak adn Spirits. I worked there during my college days.

David got into trouble with the law back in the 70's. I believe all the restarants are now closed.

Yes David Tinsley was the owner but Huntsville wasn't his 1st location, the 1st location was in Lufkin on Hy 59. He owned a chicken farm there or near there. My ex-wife and I would take regular trips to Shreveport from Houston through out the 70s and we watched the 1st Tinsley's rise out of the ground on those frequent trips. We met David he would come sit with us and talk with us while we ate. What made Tinsley's chicken different was the size of chicken. His chickens had a huge breast and thigh. He told us that he was opening a new in in Huntsville one day. Then we saw them popping up all aver Texas.

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Anybody remember Ron's Krispy Fried Chicken?

It was in Sagemont. I think it's a Church's now.

Ron's Krispy Fried Chicken was owned by my grandfather, Ron Woodall. He'll be thrilled to know that someone remembers his restaurant!

As for me, I'm simply jealous. I was too young to even get to taste the chicken! I've heard it was delicious, though. :)

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Ron's Krispy Fried Chicken was owned by my grandfather, Ron Woodall. He'll be thrilled to know that someone remembers his restaurant!

As for me, I'm simply jealous. I was too young to even get to taste the chicken! I've heard it was delicious, though. :)

Sagemont?

http://www.ronsfoods.com/aboutus.html

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You are all a bit young to remember the real Tinlsley's chicken N' rolls, which actually started in

Waco, Texas in the 50's under the name The Chicken Shack. The ultimate demise was not at all

from mismanagement, but rather from crass greed of Church's chicken which bought them out for

the express purpose of shutting them down as competition. Ever Tinsleys restaurant that opened

in Cleveland, Texas and other small towns just killed Church's, so they figure the only way to stop

them was to buy them out. They claimed they were going to use them as a higher end chicken

restaurant, but soon shut them down. The owners had a non compete for either 20 or 25 years,

and the Huntsille location was the first new one to open once the non compete ended. They said

they were going to reopen one in Bryan and perhaps another place or two, but that was two years

ago and nothing has happened yet--so, trips have to be planned to go through Huntsville now just

to get a taste of memory lane.

golfguy

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I just ate at the new Huntsville location. It was very good, I'd definitely eat there again.

It's a little different from Chicken Express as far as the rolls, the seasoning, how much you get in a meal, etc, so I can see it co-existing with the competition around town if they ever come back to Bryan-College Station.

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Ron's Krispy Fried Chicken was owned by my grandfather, Ron Woodall. He'll be thrilled to know that someone remembers his restaurant!

As for me, I'm simply jealous. I was too young to even get to taste the chicken! I've heard it was delicious, though. smile.gif

 

Sorry to bump an old thread, but oh my I used to love Ron's. I also frequented the one in Sagemont. And it was pretty close to Stuchberry Elementary/Thompson Intermediate school, where my little league baseball team had practice for a couple of years. I would swear on a bible that Ron's purposely wafted the smell of that chicken in the air to get all the people on those fields to come in for dinner.

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This thread has a legacy stretching 8 yrs. I remember we had a Tinsley in my home town and when it closed down another chicken place called Guldens opened in its place. KFC was directly across the street from Tinsley and it wasn't uncommon for people to get the chicken at KFC and rolls at Tinsley's.

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No, David Tinsley did not go out of business because he was running drugs. Every single town where David or one of his franchises placed a Tinsley's Chicken 'N Rolls put the other chicken restaurants out of business so Churches bought them out with the agreement that David could not sell chicken for the twenty years. After that time, he and/or his son started up a business with just the rolls, which are wonderful and the recipe is a secret. Then he placed another chicken restaurant in Huntsville. David has had some health problems the last I heard which was about ten years ago so I do not know how he is or what is happening now. We worked for Tinsley's and then had a franchise. David did have some trouble with the law but he got out of the business because they paid him a fortune to get out of the business. Great product and the rolls are amazing. I had lunch with David about twenty years ago, so that is the last I have seen him but I kept up with him until the last ten years. Very smart man, except when he got in trouble with the law that time. But who has not done something wrong in their life? I'm pretty sure all of us have, so I do not judge others.

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A rant I am sure, but unless one dines at a decent, newer Lubys, the chicken franchise has declined noticeably. KFC, although having good tasting chicken, skimps on the portions and the biscuits are too bitter ( ease off the baking powder folks).., Hearts is way too greasy along with Popeyes. Churches is decent and the biscuits are good, but sometimes the breading outweighs the chicken. Probably nostalgic, but Tinsleys was wonderful. For me, I applaud any franchise who can still maintain classic tastes and portions. I understand the bottom line is profit in a changing food driven global society, but some franchises are more successful than others. But I digress. Sorry, should be for another thread.

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I was in Brenham today and remembered there's another fried chicken place in the area that flies under the radar; Hartz chicken.

 

Way back in the day I seem to remember they had some kind of gimmick, like a truck shaped like a chicken that clucked, or something like that? Or am I crazy and thinking of another place? Who had the lit up polyurethane chicken sort of like the jack in the box on the roof of the store?

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Hey, long time no see!

Hartz Chicken is kinda common...there's at least 2 along 290 and another even older specimen along 45.

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Tinsley's in Bryan was located at the corner of Texas Avenue and Martin Luther King Street. The building is now a Mexican cafe. This location is across the street from the former Gath's Electrical Supply, which was formerly Gath's Fried Chicken, which before that was the original Bryan Popeye's Chicken.

Tinsley's in Bryan closed in the summer of 1996.

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Meant to post this in the thread earlier... found this ad for a Tinsley's in Rosenberg from a 1978 phone book during my trip down there this summer. Oddly enough the directory did not mention the address but just the phone number.

 

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Wow,  there was a Rons in Alvin.   I lived there when I was in 5th and 6th grade back in the early 80s.  We had KFC growing up and I loved what it used to be, but after we moved to Tx and got Rons I have never found a chicken I liked since.   I am saddened by the fact that recipe is gone and I have been chasing it for the last 5 years.   I have never had churches chicken,  did they buy the recipe,  does churches taste like rons?   The world deserves to taste that chicken again.   I'm back in Ky and my wife is ok with a pilgrimage to Tx just so I can share something I have missed since 1983.  I read once upon a time there was still one and just one rons chicken open in Tx but I am starting to discover that may not accurate. 

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