MARIETTA — Construction is underway in east Cobb on a new Zaxby’s, the “quick casual” chain specializing in chicken fingers, wings and salads.
The eatery going up on Sandy Plains Road will mark the sixth Zaxby’s in Cobb with a Marietta address.
Franchisee Dustin Mullis, with partners Greg Shumate, Alex Koutouzis and Gregg Litchfield, plan to open the restaurant in August at 2756 Sandy Plains Road, near Sprayberry High School, according to a news release. The new restaurant will employ 40 to 50 people.
“We are excited to be bringing a Zaxby’s to this area of Marietta,” said Mullis, who, with his partners, owns the current Marietta location at 1347 Church Street Extension. “We realized this area is the perfect fit for the family atmosphere Zaxby’s represents. We’re looking forward to providing the same quality food and service that Marietta residents have come to expect from Zaxby’s.”
The new location will be the 14th for Cobb County and the 208th in Georgia for the chain. Zaxby’s operates more than 575 restaurants in 13 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
The new 3,652-square-foot location will seat 74 people, with floor-to-ceiling brick walls, tables and booths, all complemented by an eclectic mix of photography, according to a news release. The restaurant will also have a drive-thru.
Zaxby’s provides chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches, salads and other menu items that customers order and paid for at the counter, then pick up their meals when they are ready. The “quick-casual format” provides service and amenities that fall somewhere between fast-food and a sit-down restaurant.
“The key to success at Zaxby’s is a great smile and a willingness to learn and grow,” Mullis said. “We’re a different kind of restaurant with a different kind of attitude — from the food and service we provide to our customers to the respect we have for each other.” Candidates interested in employment should visit the 1347 Church Street Extension location Monday through Friday between 2 and 5 p.m. to apply.
Childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley hatched the Athens-based chain in 1990.