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Manatee County’s Second Zaxby’s Restaurant Nears Opening

28February 2021

Another player in the great chicken sandwich war is about to enter the arena in Bradenton.

The second Zaxby’s in Manatee County is working toward a proposed March 1 opening at 5020 14th St. W., a corporate spokesman confirmed this week.

Final inspections are underway with staff training planned later this month. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Zaxby’s locations are currently drive-thru only, the Zaxby’s spokesman said.

Zaxby’s, founded in 1990 in Athens, Ga., now has more than 900 restaurants, most of them owned by franchisees, like the two in Manatee County.

Licensee Britt Smallwood opened the first Manatee County location in late 2017 at 6591 State Road 70 E., near Manatee Technical College.

S. Truett Cathy, the founder of another Georgia-based company, Chick-fil-A, claimed to have invented the chicken sandwich at the Dwarf Grill in Hapeville, Ga.

The first Chick-fil-A opened in 1967. There are now more than 2,400 of the restaurants nationwide.

Other contenders for the best chicken sandwich include KFC, with 22,621 restaurants and Popeye’s, with 3,102 restaurants.

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