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The original Zankou Chicken® was founded in 1962 in Beirut, Lebanon by Vartkes and Markrid Iskenderian. Their moist and flavorful chicken cooked to perfection built a strong reputation around the city as one of the best rotisserie recipes in the area. Served with their rotisserie chicken was Markrid’s very own secret blend…Zankou’s famous Garlic Spread! This often imitated, but never truly duplicated, tangy spread put Zankou Chicken in a category all its own.
Immigrating to the United States, Vartkes and Markrid brought their famous chicken across ‘the Pond.’ They set up shop in bustling Hollywood, CA, bringing this tasty Lebanese Cuisine to a fresh and diverse clientele. In 1984, the first Zankou Chicken opened its doors on the corner of Sunset Blvd. and Normandie Ave.
Accommodating all walks of life in Hollywood, Zankou Chicken became one of the tastiest and affordable chicken spots in town. The restaurant built a devoted fan base of families, immigrants, locals, actors, musicians, food critics and more.
In 1992, the family, decided it was time to take the Zankou flavor to the masses.
While they planned the expansion, Markrid came up with the recipe for the Tarna®,
Zankou Chicken has been a family-