Gill’s Fried Chicken has some old news and some new news-but it’s all good news.The old news is: The chicken Gill’s serves has been voted “Best Chicken in Hays County” for the past 17 years.
The new news is: They’ve got a second location in San Marcos that opened yesterday, with a big beautiful look and some new menu items: livers and gizzards, steak fingers, mac-and-cheese, and homemade bread pudding with vanilla and almond sauce topping.
The new store also has a new name, Gill’s Chicken ‘n’ More. It’s located in the Plaza del Sol complex at 2550 Hunter Road.
Gill’s Fried Chicken founder, and co-partner in this venture, is Allyn Gill, who states, “We’re happy to be open here, but we want the public to know that we’re keeping the original location [at 714 E. Hopkins] and intend to do a major renovation and up-grade there, sometime soon.”
Mark and Kim Yeargan are co-partners with Allyn in the Hunter Street store. For 6 years, they’ve also partnered in a store in Kyle.
Pam Gill-Kimrey, Allyn’s daughter, is Director of Operations for the Gill’s Chicken enterprise, which has stores in San Marcos, Kyle, Big Spring, Snyder and Sweetwater, Texas. The Sweetwater store is managed by a son and his wife, Keith and Laura Gill. The Hunter Street site now houses Pam’s office and enterprise headquarters. (Incidentally, the bread pudding is her creation.)
“This is a bigger facility,” Allyn explains. “Our other stores concentrate on take-out.”
So you can dine in, by just walking in, or in large groups, if you call in advance (512-353-3113). You can carry out. You can use the drive-up window. Or you can have orders delivered through College Delivery by phone (512-353-8646) or by internet (www.collegedelivery.com).
Gill’s started as a sideline operation for Allyn and his wife Bessie, shortly after he established a data processing service bureau here, 41 years ago. His parents were cattle ranchers in Coleman County; but when they moved, he and his wife planted firmly in San Marcos.
Allyn is known best in the community as a member of the first San Marcos Airport Commission. Other members were Jack Stoball; George Gilbert, who owns the Bowling Alley; Emmett McCoy of McCoy Building Supplies and co-partner Mark’s dad, Howard Yeargan.
By BOB GARRINGER
Gill’s founder and co-partner at the Hunter Road store, Allyn Gilbert, with his daughter Pam Gill-Kimrey, Director of Operations for Gill’s
Customers and Staff on opening day
Gill’s Chicken ‘n’ More at Plaza del Sol, 2550 Hunter Road
Mark and Kim Yeargan at the Plaza del Sol fountain and garden, just outside the new store