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Joella’s has a variety of dessert options including pie in a jar, banana pudding and Nutella poppers.

The new Joella’s Hot Chicken coming to Woodstock will celebrate its grand opening Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and giveaways.

The Southern fast-casual restaurant will hold a ribbon-cutting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at its first Cherokee County location at 188 Molly Lane in Woodstock. According to the Joella’s website, the restaurant is scheduled to open at 10:30 a.m.

The first 100 visitors to the Woodstock location will receive “free hot chicken for a year.” If you’re not among the earliest to arrive, there are more giveaways: everyone waiting in line on opening day will receive free chicken and waffles and coffee, as well as Joella’s merchandise.

Joella’s is known for hot chicken with varying heat levels, from Southern (no heat) to “Fire-In Da-Hole,” which the restaurant says is “waiver-worthy.” They also serve Southern made-from-scratch side dishes like creamy mac and cheese, green beans with bacon and parmesean fries. Among its desserts are a pie-in-a-jar available in cookies and cream, strawberry shortcake and a seasonal flavor.

Joella’s Hot Chicken is based in Louisville, Kentucky and reports it will have 17 stores by the end of 2019. The Woodstock location is the third Joella’s in Georgia, following Kennesaw and Cumberland. A Newnan location is opening soon. For more information, visit www.joellas.com.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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