Roundup: Zaxby's heads north, sushi in Carmel, pizza in Fishers

July 24, 2013
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Georgia-based chicken chain Zaxby’s is headed for central Indiana’s  northern ’burbs.

Franchisee Longwood Restaurant Group is working to open the first local Zaxby’s late this year in Fishers Marketplace, the 104-acre mixed-use project rising from a former golf course at State Road 37 and 131st Street.

Longwood has the licensing rights for six restaurants in Indianapolis and points north, a representative told IBJ. Other locations in Hamilton County have been identified but will remain on ice until the Fishers site opens.

Founded in 1990, the fast-casual restaurants specialize in chicken fingers and chicken wings. Its menu also includes sandwiches and entrée salads.

The chain has more than 500 locations, mostly in the Southeast. The only two in Indiana now are in Jeffersonville and New Albany, just over the border from Kentucky.

Zaxby’s signed on as a sponsor for IU and Purdue athletics in April, raising eyebrows given its limited presence anywhere near the universities. Now the move makes sense.

Also based in Georgia, Longwood was drawn to Hamilton County by its upscale demographic and growing national reputation. Partners researched communities in South Florida, Texas and Missouri before choosing Indiana.

Zaxby’s will occupy a 3,600-square-foot building on the northern edge of Fishers Marketplace’s retail district. As North of 96th reported last month, a Walmart Neighborhood Market is under construction on the property, which also will be home to City Barbeque and Lake City Bank locations.

In other retail news:

— Hino Oishi Hibachi & Sushi is under construction in the 5,000-square-foot former Wings Etc. space in Carmel’s Maplecrest Commons, 10491 Walnut Creek Drive, near a Goodwill store.

— Jack’s Donuts in Fishers soon will have a new neighbor: South Chicago Pizza and Italian Beef. The Indianapolis eatery’s second location will occupy about 2,500 square feet of space at 13578 E. 131st St., near Olio Road.

— The Pizza Hut location at 11722 Allisonville Road in Fishers has closed and will reopen later this year as a Pizza Hut Wing Street delivery/carry-out service. The 8,600-square-foot restaurant is being transformed into a multi-tenant retail building.

— Resale shop Simply Chic is planning a Noblesville location, at 14765 Hazel Dell Crossing. The store, which sells used women’s apparel and accessories, also has operations on 96th Street in Fishers and 86th Street in Indianapolis.

— Noblesville mainstay Eddie’s Corner Café will close for good July 31, The Times of Noblesville reported. Owner Eddie Mode told the newspaper that the building at Logan and 10th Streets recently sold, and the new owners have other plans for the space. The café has been in that location for 13 years.

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  • Zaxby's
    Have you heard of this restaurant or been to one down in New Albany or Jefferonsville area?
    • It's still fast food
      I've been to Zaxby's a few times while traveling in the south. My wife and kid love it. Mostly tenders and wings with crinkle fries and texas toast. It's very good for what it is, but it's still fast food.
    • Zaxby's
      We stopped at Zaxby's in Alabama a month ago, but weren't impressed, most likely because the chicken dishes we ordered were served lukewarm at best. My impression of the food and decor though was that it was a cheaper version of Chick-fil-A, and I don't mean dollar-wise.
    • Longwood Group Contact
      Having difficulty finding a contact for Longwood Restaurant Group. Can you tell me who you spoke to?
    • Zaxby's
      It's about time. I visit my family every year (South Carolina) and make a point of hitting the place at least once during that time. Yes, it's still considered fast food, but it tastes a heck of a lot better than burger joints and I would rank it higher than the other well known fast food chick place. I hope they come closer to Indy, though. One downtown would be nice as well.
    • South of Chicago
      Any idea when the new South of Chicago is opening in Fishers? Hopefully their location won't go unnoticed as it isn't really on a main thoroughfare. They are a fantastic pizza place and a welcome addition to the area.
    • Love It
      I love it. Once I ate there and got hooked on the sweet and spicy sauce and the zaxby's sauce. My favorite is called wings and things with the bone in. It's the best!!!! I would recommend to everyone....
    • Pizza Hut
      Very disappointed in the news regarding the Fishers Pizza Hut. Our family always enjoyed the restaurant. Won't be the same as a strip mall version.
    • Pizza Hut
      Very disappointed in the news of the FIshers Pizza Hut. Our family always enjoyed eating at the restaurant. Wouldn't be the same a strip mall version.
    • South of Chicago?
      I wonder if there is any update on the rumoured South of Chicago Pizza expanding into Fishers. I ride my bike past the expected location (in the Bonn Building next to Jacks' Donuts) and the realtor sign is still in the window and no work has begun on the interior. Any updates?
    • been there
      Love it great Christ centered business
    • Zax attack
      Completely agree with Joanne. Zaxby's is superior to any other chicken 'fast food' joint I've ever eaten at. We used to frequent the place when we lived in North Carolina. Favorite thing to get is salad with buff fingers dipped in 'round torch' with honey mustard dressing. Yum! Their 'little nibblers' are pretty tasty too. I can't wait.
      • damn autocorrect
        'tounge torch', of course they also have buffalo sauce varieties in wimpy and nuclear...

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