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Zaxby's opening Monday in Kingsport

Staff Report • Aug 29, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Zaxby’s licensee Toby Strange will open the doors to Kingsport’s first Zaxby’s restaurant on Monday, Aug. 31.

The new Zaxby’s, a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and Buffalo wings, is located at 2616 E. Stone Drive, in the new Kingsport Pavilion Shopping Center. The restaurant will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“We feel Kingsport is a great place to expand the Zaxby’s brand, and are excited to be a part of such a wonderful community,” said Strange, who also owns the Zaxby’s locations in Elizabethton and Jefferson City, Tenn. “We look forward to becoming involved as a good neighbor and business partner.”

The new restaurant showcases Zaxby’s unique interior design, featuring a bright, open interior décor, complemented by vintage memorabilia and signage. The 3,495-square-foot restaurant will seat 89 patrons and includes drive-through services to meet the needs of customers on the go.

Strange said he believes the restaurant — from the atmosphere to the service — will exceed community expectations. “We’ve assembled a great team of over 40 associates who, we are confident, will deliver on the Zaxby’s mission to ‘consistently create encore experiences that enrich lives one person at a time,’” said Strange.

The new location is the first for Kingsport and Sullivan County and the 45th for Tennessee. Zaxby’s currently operates more than 475 locations in 11 states — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas 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 Jumbo Buffalo Wings, smothered in a choice of 10 sauces with names like Wimpy, Tongue Torch, Nuclear and Insane. The menu also offers innovative “Zappetizers” such as onion rings, home-style potato chips, spicy fried mushrooms and for a limited time fried white cheddar bites, as well as a variety of party platters.

Zaxby’s also offers salads featuring chicken and unique ingredients such as French-fried onions, fresh vegetables and tomatoes.

And the “Zensation” rejoined the menu for a limited time only this spring and features Chicken Fingerz drizzled with honey sesame glaze, mixed with red cabbage, carrots, various greens, crispy wonton strips, and topped with Asian slaw. The Zensation is served with citrus vinaigrette dressing and a veggie egg roll. All Zalads are assembled at the time the order is placed, vs. being pre-made and stored in a cooler.

Zaxby’s is a “quick-casual” restaurant chain headquartered in Athens, Ga. Zaxby’s opened its first restaurant in Statesboro, Ga., in March 1990, and by July 2001 opened its 100th location in Jacksonville, Fla. Zaxby’s celebrated its 200th restaurant opening in its hometown of Athens, Ga., in May 2004, and in December 2005 observed its 300th opening in Dallas, Ga. In October 2007 Zaxby’s opened its 400th location in Macon, Ga.

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