One of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains Brings Popular Concept to Tulsa’s Union Square
Tulsa, OK (Restaurant News Release) Continuing its expansion into the Midwest, Zaxby’s has opened its first restaurant in Oklahoma as licensees Ben Williams Sr., Ben Williams Jr., and Bill McGeary roll out the fan-favorite concept for chicken fingers and wings to the Tulsa community. Located at 6995 S. Mingo Road in Union Square, the restaurant will operate seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
A popular, well-established dining option in the Southeast, Zaxby’s is a pioneer of the quick-casual format, with services and amenities that fall between fast food and a sit-down restaurant, and menu offerings that include chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, salads and more. Zaxby’s currently operates more than 655 locations in 15 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. With the opening of the Tulsa restaurant, that number increases to 16 states to include Oklahoma.
“With more than 15 years of experience and 16 locations in three states, we have an in-depth understanding of the brand and what is needed to operate a successful restaurant,” said Ben Williams Sr. “We researched many markets to grow our business, and on paper, Tulsa met all of our criteria – solid population density, strong economic growth and a tight-knit community. It stood out as the obvious choice once we visited and immediately recognized that Tulsa is an ideal fit for the Zaxby’s brand.”
With seating for 90, the new 3,847 square-foot location will feature Zaxby’s unique interior design —bright, open interior décor complemented by vintage prints and 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 more than 50 team members at this Tulsa location who will deliver on the Zaxby’s mission to consistently create encore experiences that enrich lives one person at a time,” said Williams Sr. “We believe the restaurant from the atmosphere to the service will exceed our guests’ expectations.”
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. With football season underway, the new Zaxby’s offers customized catering to complement tailgates of any size.
Tulsa 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®.
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.
An 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 655 locations in 15 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia. For more information, please visit zaxbys.com, zaxbysfranchising.com, facebook.com/zaxbys or follow on Twitter @Zaxbys.