Wednesday, February 14, 2024

[AHOY!] Popular Seafood Eatery Looks to Drop Anchor in Former Hardee's

A chain many may not realize is still as substantial as it is will soon add another Atlanta area restaurant.  Quick-serve seafood eatery Captain D's plans to open in a new restaurant in place of a former Hardee's at 3056 Jodeco Road in McDonough, officially in the Stockbridge city limits.  

The Jodeco Hardee's was one of more than twelve units locally that franchisee Summit Restaurant Holdings, LLC closed this past year in advance of an eventual bankruptcy filing.  

The new Captain D's is opening on the opposite side of I-75 as where Costco recently opened a new store and Sprouts Farmers Market, Bahama Breeze, Chipotle, Whataburger, First Watch and a new futuristic Chick-fil-A are expected to open later this year.  

ToNeTo Atlanta reported in January that Tim Hortons plans to open in a former Hardee's in Fairburn while Caribou Coffee plans to open in another former Hardee's in Loganville.  

Nashville-based Captain D's was established in 1969 and has endured several years of ownership changes and decreases in store count.  Interestingly, the chain was co-founded by Alex Schoenbaum, founder of the Shoney's restaurant chain and father of Ray Schoenbaum, owner of Ray's restaurants locally.  

The Because We Care Henry County - Atlanta South Facebook page, operated by Elton Alexander Stockbridge Mayor Pro-Tem, was first to report on the planned restaurant.  

Today there are 535 Captain D's restaurants including 311 that are franchisee owned and 224 that are run by corporate.  By comparison, ninety percent of McDonald's more than 40,000 locations are owned by independent franchisees. 

According to the Captain D's website, the company currently operates 100 restaurants in Georgia, or about 19 percent of the total chain making the peach state its largest market by unit count.   

In metro Atlanta, Captain D's has locations on Montreal Road near Northlake Mall and recently reopened another on Hugh Howell Road after a fire caused its temporary closure.  According to the company's website, a separate restaurant on Church Street in Decatur is also "temporarily closed" for unspecified reasons with no set reopening timetable.  

Representatives from Captain D's did not immediately return our inquiry seeking comment.  

In 2023 the company opened a new location in a short-lived Dunkin' on Cobb Parkway in Marietta but closed what had been a relatively recently renovated unit in an outparcel of Greenbriar Mall in southwest Atlanta.  755 Restaurant Corporation, an entity started by the late baseball legend Hank Aaron, plans to open a new Popeyes in place of the former Greenbriar unit.  

Are you a fan of Captain D's?  Did you know Georgia [still] had so many Captain D's?  All things being equal, do you prefer Captain D's, Long John Silver's or Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips?

Please share your thoughts below 


Ham said...

As a child my parents would occasionally take us there. A few years ago, I decided to stop in for a shot of nostalgia. Man, what I got was a big shot of grease. Not sure if it changed or I just never notice when I was kid, but it was not really edible.

Alex said...

Ham, nostalgia is a helluva drug!

Anonymous said...

Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips

Anonymous said...

I prefer LJS but they're practically non existent. I've tried the "great little seafood place" (yeah that jingle still lives in my head) The only thing they do will is hushpuppies.
The store here in Athens was recently cured for using a George Foreman grill in their kitchen. 😱

Anonymous said...

Not remotely close to Atlanta. Quit profiling these places out in the sticks!

Anonymous said...

Yes it is. It’s Atlanta metro, live with it.

Anonymous said...

I love Captn'Ds and I might eat a 3 piece fish dinner a few times per year.
On recent visits, I have noticed the saltiness of the food has exploded.
I pant with thirst after eating the meal.
For that reason, I seldomo go anymore.

Anonymous said...

When will the new Captain D's on jodeco Road the opening up in McDonough

Anonymous said...

Drop anchor then drop a deuce after you eat it.

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