D.C.’s famous Sweet Hot Capital City® mambo sauce is coming to select KFC restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area, Dallas and Atlanta for a limited time only beginning December 6.
Capital City® is a celebrated Black woman-owned business operated by Arsha Jones, who was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where mambo sauce could be found at nearly every carryout restaurant. After moving to the suburbs with her late husband Charles, she found it hard to get her hands on the D.C. staple, so she developed her own recipe. Ten years later, Capital City® has expanded beyond Arsha’s home kitchen and into the hands of customers across the country.
“KFC has given Capital City® a huge opportunity to highlight a culture that many don’t get a chance to experience,” said Arsha Jones, CEO and Co-Founder of Capital City, LLC. “When visitors think of Washington, D.C., they envision museums, government and politics, but there’s a huge community just beyond those few blocks that has a rich history filled with styles, music, lingo and food all our own. We are proud to be able to partner with KFC to share our culture with more people.”
For those not familiar, this fan-favorite kitchen staple has been around since the 1950s and is synonymous with Black D.C. food culture. While the condiment was made famous by Black-owned D.C. area chicken wing restaurants, the sweet and hot flavor profile of the sauce (similar to a Chinese sweet and sour sauce) was adopted by Chinese and Korean carryout restaurants in the 1970s and 80s and has transformed over the years. Part of Arsha’s mission is to ensure that mambo sauce’s true legacy and taste are preserved for years to come.
With this limited-run test launch and partnership with Capital City®, KFC hopes to introduce more customers to the District’s iconic sauce and bring new flavors to a national audience. So, whether this is your first introduction to mambo sauce or you’re a D.C. native, KFC has you covered!
“Arsha has created a successful business with this ridiculously delicious sauce, and we are proud to partner with her to give even more people a chance to try it,” said Kevin Hochman, president, KFC U.S. “You have to try Capital City® mambo sauce to understand how amazing it tastes, and it’s a terrific match with our world-famous Kentucky Fried Chicken!”
Fans who want to try Sweet Hot Capital City® mambo sauce at participating restaurants can choose from several meal options:
- KFC Chicken Sandwich Combo Meal
- 4-piece Extra Crispy™ Tenders Combo Meal
- 2-piece Extra Crispy™ Breast & Wing Combo Meal
Customers can also add a side of Sweet Hot Capital City® mambo sauce to any menu item for an additional cost.
KFC and Capital City® fans can enjoy a KFC combo with Sweet Hot Capital City® mambo sauce at select restaurants in the D.C. area, Dallas and Atlanta by visiting their local KFC restaurant or ordering ahead for pick-up using KFC’s new Quick Pick-Up order option through KFC.com or the KFC app. Fried chicken lovers can also order for delivery on DoorDash, Postmates, Uber Eats, Grubhub, Seamless.com or the Seamless app.
About Capital City
Established in 2011, Capital City, LLC was created to give Washington, D.C., metropolitan natives a taste of home. Capital City is a specialty foods manufacturer based just miles outside of D.C. that produces a regional cult-like chicken wing condiment called mambo sauce.
Mambo sauce is a sweet, sticky and tangy chicken wing condiment created and offered only in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Capital City’s flagship product, Mild mambo sauce, is the first commercially bottled alternative for those who love the taste of mambo sauce but no longer have access to it or simply prefer to eat their meals at home.
Capital City’s mambo sauce is used at several restaurant locations as their “house” wing sauce and can be found at various retail locations in the Washington, D.C. area, nationally across the United States and internationally at military commissaries.