Starbird nets nearly $5M in second funding round

Starbird, a premium chicken concept, has raised nearly $5 million in a second round of investment funding, the company said Thursday. Greg Dollarhyde acted as a strategic investment partner and adviser, and assembled investors through his Dollarhyde Investment Group III. He is also an investor in Santa Monica, Calif.-based Veggie Grill, as well as a former backer of Baja Fresh and Zoës Kitchen.

overhead view of four customers each a holding up a chicken finger, with meal boxes containing chicken fingers, fries and coleslaw on their table below.

Starbird, a creation of San Francisco-based The Culinary Edge, opened its first restaurant in Sunnyvale, Calif., in June, and plans to open a second location early next year in Foster City, Calif.

Dollarhyde said Starbird has strong potential.

“It’s gluten-free fried chicken, which on the West Coast is what I believe will be a huge market,” Dollarhyde told Nation’s Restaurant News.

“This is a new investment,” he said. “I invested in the seed round when it was just an idea, really. This second round of close to $5 million is to really grow the concept.”

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