Thursday, May 9, 2013

Zaxby's Fills Indescribably Good Chicken Void on Buford Highway

Zaxby's plans to open a new restaurant on Buford Highway in Doraville.


Athens-based Zaxby's will replace what was for many years a Krystal and most recently was operating as French's Boots, a Nashville-based boots & shoes shop.  Zaxby's had historically been a restaurant most often found in the suburbs, but more recently has made progress in getting locations open closer to and even inside the perimeter in some cases.

Over the past few years, Zaxby's opened a new location on North Druid Hills Road near North DeKalb Mall and also added locations in Buckhead and Chamblee.  In Buckhead, Zaxby's opened on Roswell Road across from The Fresh Market and in Chamblee, Zaxby's (eventually) opened in a previously undeveloped outparcel of Lowe's Home Improvement. 

A new location on Ponce de Leon Avenue in midtown is currently under construction.  

The Doraville site sits at the corner of Longmire Way and Buford Highway, in an outparcel of the Buford Highway Farmers Market / Marshalls-anchored shopping center, just outside 285. The center was the home of one of the first Home Depot stores, but has since gone through plenty of tenants, large and small.  About two or so years ago a freestanding Waffle House was added to the front portion of the center, providing some casual dining fare. 

A few weeks ago, I broke news that a McDonald's restaurant was opening at the corner of Buford Highway & McElroy Road, about a half mile from where the new Zaxby's will open.  The new McDonald's will open  in an outparcel of the Burlington Coat Factory-anchored center on land most recently home to an abandoned bank. 

The area is already home to a number of fast food options such as Chick-fil-A and Burger King, but is also home to former Wendy's, Hardee's, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's restaurants.

Do you think Zaxby's will do well among the ethnically diverse offerings of Doraville?  Will the truck drivers of the nearby gas storage facilities keep the chicken frying?  Does yet another chain ruin the dynamic of Doraville?  What are your thoughts?  

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

We need a Bojangles!

Anonymous said...

They just tore down what looks like a very old yellow painted restaurant in front of Burlington next to Chick-fil-A on one side Wells Fargo and the new McDonald's on the other on Buford Highway. Any leads on what they are building there? Wouldn't it be great if that was going to be a Bojangles!

Anonymous said...

It will totally make it in that area, I think Zaxby's always does well. I live near the one in Buckhead and it kills it...

Anonymous said...

Too bad their chicken fingers are mediocre at best.

mindspringyahoo said...

Another example of classic Doraville architecture is gone, as they recently razed the Krystal.

Anonymous said...

They also raised an older and empty restaurant between ChikFilA on one side and Wells Fargo on the other on BuHi, just a few yards away from the new McD's going up, all mentioned here are in the same center as Burlington. Anyone know what they are building in that space?

Anonymous said...

Please, no more undesirable restaurants in the area.

TheJohnP said...

@Mindspringyahoo were you being sarcastic? What was classic about the architecture of a Krystal building?

Anonymous said...

I want to see more local restaurants, not another chain! Chick-Fil-A was the only good chain restaurant.

Anonymous said...

How do I apply ?

Anonymous said...

Krispy Kreme is going up next to Chick Fil A and the new McDonald's in front of Burlington. Was hoping for a Dunkin Donuts instead, but it will do.