First Zaxby’s Restaurant in Monroe Opens



First Zaxby's Restaurant in Monroe OpensNew Restaurant Provides Prepared-at-Order Chicken in a Casual Dining Atmosphere

First Zaxby's Restaurant in Monroe OpensA Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, Zaxby’s has opened its first location in the city of Monroe. Located at 1608 Old Sterlington Road, licensees Randall McDonald and Ray Anding will operate the restaurant seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

“Due to the popularity of the West Monroe location and customers’ request for an additional central Monroe store, we saw this area as an ideal opportunity to expand the business in this market,” said licensee Randall McDonald. “Zaxby’s provides a craveable experience that brings people together for meals, tailgates, after the big game or before an event, and we’re excited to bring this product so close to the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus.”

With seating for 99, the new 3,700 square-foot location features Zaxby’s unique interior design — a bright, open interior décor complemented by vintage prints and customized with local school memorabilia. Zaxby’s also offers drive-thru services to meet the needs of customers on the go.

“We’ve assembled a great group of around 50 team members who will deliver on the Zaxby’s mission to consistently create encore experiences that enrich lives one person at a time,” said McDonald. “We believe the Monroe restaurant from the atmosphere to the service will exceed community expectations.”

The new location is the first in Monroe and the fourth for the state of Louisiana. Expansion plans for licensees Randall McDonald and Ray Anding include at least four more new locations in the area. Zaxby’s currently operates more than 665 locations in 16 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

An alternative to fast food, Zaxby’s offers prepared-at-order chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads. Zaxby’s most popular items are its hand-breaded Chicken Fingerz and Traditional or Boneless Wings, smothered in a choice of nine sauces with names like Wimpy, Tongue Torch, Nuclear and Insane. The menu also offers innovative Zappetizers like Tater Chips, Spicy Fried Mushrooms and Fried White Cheddar Bites, as well as a variety of Party Platterz perfect for any family gathering or special occasion.

Monroe Zaxby’s guests will enjoy the Coca-Cola Company’s proprietary drink fountain, Coca-Cola Freestyle. The sleek, stylish fountain is touch screen operated, enabling guests to select from more than 100 regular and low-calorie brands – including many varieties of waters, sports drinks, lemonades and sparkling beverages that were not available in the U.S prior to the arrival of Coca-Cola Freestyle.

The menu offers innovative Zappetizers like Tater Chips, Spicy Fried Mushrooms and Fried White Cheddar Bites, as well as a variety of Party Platterz perfect for any family gathering or special occasion.

Zaxby’s also offers four salads, or Zalads:  The House, The Blue, The Caesar and its newest addition, The Cobb. All of Zaxby’s Zalads are prepared with chicken, three kinds of lettuce, interesting ingredients – such as French-fried onions – fresh veggies and juicy tomatoes, and are larger than most salads served elsewhere. Zalads are assembled at the time the order is placed, versus being pre-made and stored in a cooler.

Additionally, Zaxby’s offers a new line of premium milkshakes, including the popular Birthday Cake and Banana Pudding Milkshakes and the new Chocolate Cookie Milkshake. They are rich and creamy, hand-blended, and are topped with whipped cream.

First Zaxby's Restaurant in Monroe OpensAn alternative to fast food, Zaxby’s offers its guests prepared-at-order Chicken Fingerz, Traditional or Boneless Wings, sandwiches, Zalads and Zappetizers, along with a variety of nine sauces ranging from Wimpy and Tongue Torch to Nuclear and Insane. Childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley hatched the Athens, Ga.-based chain in 1990 to provide a fun, relaxing atmosphere that would keep guests coming back for more. Consumers ranked Zaxby’s as the Most Craveable Fast Casual in America, in Technomic’s Consumer Brand Metrics program for 2013 and 2014, and QSR Magazine listed the chain as one of the 12 Best Franchise Deals in 2013, as well as a Top 30 Best Fast Food Restaurant. In honor of the thousands of children the restaurant chain serves every year, Zaxby’s is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish. The company operates more than 665 locations in 16 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. For more information, please visit zaxbys.com, zaxbysfranchising.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.