Cluck-U Chicken

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Cluck-U Chicken
GenreFast food
Founded1985; 38 years ago (1985)
FounderRobert Ilvento
HeadquartersCollege Park, Maryland, United States
Number of locations
Area served
United States
ProductsChicken, hot wings, french fries, hot sandwiches

Cluck-U Chicken, also known as Cluck University, is an American quick-serve restaurant chain,[1] with most locations in the U.S. states of Maryland and New Jersey, but there are locations in Pennsylvania[2] as well as one location in Ohio and one international location in Lebanon, Kuwait, and the UAE.[3] There were previously several other locations, including Delaware, Florida, Chapel Hill NC, and Washington, D.C. as well as a location in Fort Collins, CO.[4]

While most locations are franchises, Cluck-U also operates corporate-owned stores, featuring a more limited menu, under the name Cluckster's.


Cluck-U Chicken was started by Robert Ilvento[5] in 1985. The first location was in New Brunswick, New Jersey at Rutgers University.[6] Ilvento sold the business in 1999.[7]

In 2000, JP Haddad acquired the rights to develop the franchise nationally, while Ilvento began to promote the business.


Cluck-U Chicken (a.k.a. "Cluck") serves chicken wings ("wingers") with a variety of traditional sauces including Honey-Hickory and spicy sauces on the scale Mild, Atomic, Nuclear, Thermo-Nuclear, 911 and Nuclear Fusion.[1][8] At some locations where the "911" sauce is served, customers must sign a liability waiver.[4] Other food products include chicken sandwiches, salads, appetizers, chicken fingers, fries, rice bowls, fish sandwiches and the like.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Lynn, T.; Sauthoff, T.L.; Gohari, O. (2005). Rutgers New Brunswick College Prowler Off the Record. College Prowler off the Record Guides. College Prowler. p. 50. ISBN 978-1-59658-111-1. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  2. ^ Locations list at the official website
  3. ^ International locations list Archived 2009-05-13 at the Wayback Machine at the official website
  4. ^ a b Robey, Jason. "World's Best Places to Pig Out - 9. Cluck-U" Archived 2007-09-02 at the Wayback Machine, Travel us forms of fried chicken and chicken fingers
  5. ^ "One Tank Trips: The Silverball Museum Arcade In Asbury Park". CBS New York. June 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  6. ^ Star-Ledger, Amanda Brown/The (September 26, 2010). "Jersey's pinball wizard". Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Our Story – Jersey Shore Fry Company".
  8. ^ "Hot and spicy: Munchmobile searches for state's most fiery foods, including 'world's hottest wings'". July 19, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  9. ^ Russo, Nick (November 30, 2017). "ESU Students Explore Fast and Convenient Ways to Get Food". The Stroud Courier. Retrieved December 27, 2017.

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