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About Us

We’re Sandra Austin and Kathy Leslie, affectionately known as Shugga San and Shugga Kat. We are native Nashvillians, and we started Shugga Hi Chicken & Waffles to spread love through our food. 


Our mother, Catherine, would selflessly prepare a full-course dinner and dessert for our family

every night after her shift as a full-time nurse. As a special treat, momma would sometimes let us have a taste of dessert before our meal. We would all gather around the table to eat, talk, and have a boatload of fun! After we finished, we would listen to music and dance the night away, and that was such a feeling of love. While neither of us had previous restaurant experience, we opened Shugga Hi to share that love with you. Our main ingredient that you taste is love, and the rest comes together. We want you to know that when you enter our doors, you become our family, and we hope you feel like you are sitting at momma’s table. It's love food, we love you!


Shugga San and Shugga Kat

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