Zaxby’s, a chain with a chicken-oriented menu, will open a location in the restaurant building at the corner of South Parkway and Highway 72, which has been dormant since the departure of Golden Rule. The permit is for a $265,725 remodel of the building for the franchisee, Dixie Chicken, LLC, based in Lebanon, Tenn.
An estimated opening date was not available from Zaxby's or the franchisee, but Building Inspector Greg Tyson said Dimension Construction of Memphis, Tenn., holds a 60-day contract for the job.
Tyson said the building is basically getting a facelift — new floor coverings, paint and new booths and tables. One wall will be moved, but the footprint of the restaurant will not expand.
Power to the building had not been connected since 2010, but it remains in good condition, said Tyson.
The restaurant will have a drive-thru.
Zaxby’s bills itself as an alternative to fast food with prepared-at-order chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches and salads, and wings. The chain began with a restaurant in Statesboro, Ga., and now has locations in 15 states, mainly in the Southeast.