Chicken lovers are about to get another option in Milledgeville.
The Florida-based casual restaurant Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders is planning a location in the Heritage Walk shopping complex along North Columbia Street. Construction began in August on the lot next to Dunkin’ Donuts.
The company is projecting a January 2021 opening.
With the great exposure on such a main street, Huey Magoo’s CEO Andy Howard said the North Columbia Street lot is a perfect spot for the restaurant to make its mark on the area.
“With our freestanding prototype design building, good neighborhood, good mix of businesses and residential, we felt we’d do very well here,” said Howard.
According to a press release provided by the company, Huey Magoo’s was founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens, “two southern boys with a passion for quality chicken and a penchant for serving others.”
With numerous locations throughout Florida, the restaurant is seeking to expand its footprint throughout the Southeast.
According to the press release, “Huey Magoo’s attracts a cult-like following of millennials, families and neighboring businesses desiring quality, delicious food at reasonable prices.”
The Huey Magoo’s menu centers on its signature, made-to-order chicken tenders. Tenders are made from fresh chicken free from antibiotics, hormones, steroids and preservatives and can be served hand-breaded or grilled and with sauces such as ranch, bleu cheese, honey mustard, buffalo, barbecue, garlic parmesan and the chain’s signature Magoo’s Dip. Also on the menu are a number of sandwiches, wraps and signature salads, as well as sides such as crinkle-cut fries, fresh-cut chips, coleslaw and Texas toast.
A full list of menu items is available at the restaurant’s website, www.hueymagoos.com.
Huey Magoo’s advertises itself as a safe, family-friendly dining environment. In addition to in-restaurant dining, customers can choose takeout and drive-thru service. Delivery is available through the company’s partnerships with both DoorDash and Uber Eats.
The company also advertises a commitment to community involvement through giving back to local non-profit organizations and community groups. The company’s website features a tab where organizations can apply to host a Huey Magoo’s Spirit Night where 15% of the event’s profits go to that organization.
Per the company’s press release, the restaurant is expanding into new markets, including grand openings set throughout Florida and Mississippi through the end of the year and new locations on the horizon throughout Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina.
“In these challenging times, we feel incredibly fortunate that Huey Magoo’s is in fact thriving with positive comp store sales, 120 franchises sold, more leases signed and restaurant openings set,” said Howard. “This is a true testament to the phenomenal brand, our amazing high-quality product, ease of operations and excellent team of operators. As we further grow our footprint across the Southeast, our promise to everyone is that we will do everything we can to keep your family and ours safe and healthy while enjoying America’s best chicken tenders. We look ahead with much anticipation and excitement for Huey Magoo’s continued expansion.”
Howard attributes some of the company’s current momentum to a smooth and safe re-opening of its dine-in services during the pandemic. Howard said safety protocols have been put in place to ensure a safe dining experience for Huey Magoo’s customers. This includes strict health screenings for team members, mask and glove usage by all employees, social distancing, all food orders being served in to-go boxes, hand sanitizer stations and a thorough sanitization protocol. Howard said the company works to ensure all procedures are in line with local and state guidelines and that individual franchisees can decide for themselves if in-person dining is appropriate at their restaurant at any given time.
Howard said he is eager to see the restaurant fit into the Milledgeville business scene.