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Zaxby’s open in Roane

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By Cindy Simpson

Zaxby’s, a Southeast favorite for chicken fingers and wings and one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, celebrated the grand opening of its first Roane County location last week.

The restaurant in Pinnacle Pointe in Harriman’s Midtown area celebrated by giving away a year of free meals to the first 100 guests.

Harriman Zaxby’s restaurant is open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

It is the fourth Zaxby’s in Tennessee for licensees Gary and Mary Stuart.

“We’re excited to bring Zaxby’s to a new, growing community,” said Gary Avants. “Zaxby’s has built its reputation and loyal following by providing excellent service and great-tasting food, and we plan to carry on that tradition with this new, convenient location.”

With seating for 70, the new 3,600-square-foot location features Zaxby’s unique interior design — a bright, open interior décor complemented by custom vintage prints and school memorabilia.

Zaxby’s also offers drive-through services to meet the needs of customers on the go.

Avants believes the restaurant — from the atmosphere to the service — will exceed community expectations.

“We’ve assembled a great group of team members who will deliver on the Zaxby’s mission to ‘consistently create encore experiences that enrich lives one person at a time,’” said Mary Stuart Avants.

The 61st for the Volunteer State, the Harriman restaurant will be the 14th Zaxby’s owned and operated by the Avants.

Zaxby’s currently operates more than 620 locations in 15 states — Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

Zaxby’s offers prepared-at-order chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads.

Its most popular items are 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.

Harriman Zaxby’s guests will enjoy The Coca-Cola Co.’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, prior to the arrival of Coca-Cola Freestyle, were not available in the U.S.

The menu offers Zappetizers like tater chips, spicy fried mushrooms and fried white cheddar bites, as well as a variety of Party Platterz 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 offer lots of chicken, unique ingredients, such as French-fried onions, fresh veggies and tomatoes.

Each is prepared with chicken, three kinds of lettuce and a variety of toppings.

Zalads are assembled at the time the order is placed.

Additionally, Zaxby’s offers a new line of premium milkshakes, including birthday cake and banana pudding and the new chocolate cookie milkshake. They are hand-blended and are topped with whipped cream.

Zaxby’s was begun by childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley in Athens, Ga., in 1990.

For more information, visit zaxbys.com.