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Gallery: Renaissance High grad Malik Hairston, an ex-NBA player, opens Spudz & Clucks in Detroit

November 10, 2021, 8:30 PM

(Photos from restaurant)

Malik Hairston, a Renaissance High basketball star who graduated in 2004, is back home as a Detroit restaurant co-owner after a pro sports career with teams in San Antonio, Austin, Italy, Turkey, Greece, Israel and France.

Malik Hairston, a 6' 5" guard and forward, led Renaissance High to a 27-0 season in 2004.

The 34-year-old former NBA player last summer opened Spudz & Clucks, a fast-casual spot on Grand River Avenue, with brother Richard Hairston and friend Ty Haygood. They offer ten styles of loaded fries (photos below), chicken wings, chicken sandwiches and burgers.

Samurai Fries are served Hibachi-style with one of four protein items (chicken, shrimp, salmon or steak, plus vegetables tossed in a garlic butter sauce ($10-$16). The menu also features fried cauliflower bites and the Breakfast Butter Clucker -- fried chicken tenders drizzled with honey butter between a waffle-like bun ($11).

Beverages include milk shakes (vanilla, strawberry or chocolate). The lone dessert item is sweet potato fries tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon, with pecans and vanilla ice cream ($8). 

Plan a visit:

  • Where: 18456 Grand River Ave., near Fenkell Avenue east of the Southfield Freeway

  • Hours: Noon-8 p.m., Monday-Saturday | noon-6 p.m., Sunday


  • Phone: (313) 394-1374

  • Delivery: DoorDash and Grubhub

11 photos from restaurant

Samurai Fries with chicken, one of four topping choices.

Fried chicken wings can come plain or tossed with one of nine flavors (mango habanero, blueberry BBQ, apple BBQ, house BBQ, spicy BBQ, buffalo, garlic parmesan, caribbean sauce, lemon pepper).

Chili cheese fries are listed as "2 a.m. at Coney Fries."

All-American Fries are topped with ground burger, red onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese and "Spudz sauce."

Fried chicken tenders, drizzled with honey butter sauce, are between a waffle-like bun for a Breakfast Butter Clucker.

Mozzarella and beef pepperoni are atop "Sal's Pizza Fries."

Chicken parmesan fries with basil and marinara sauce

Nacho Supreme fries have tomatoes, jalapeño, black olives, lettuce, scallions and cheese sauce.

Buffalo chicken fries with blue cheese

"Granny's Yams" -- candied sweet potato fries and pecans, tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon. Served with ice cream.

Fried chicken tenders on a brioche bun with pickles and "Spudz sauce" or spicy honey butter sauce.


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