By Nicole Heubusch
“Business has been going very well so far here in Riverview,” said Operating Director Mickey Chard.
This is a fast, casual restaurant that offers customers the options of dining in, taking out or going through the drive-thru. PDQ is known for its fresh hand-battered chicken tenders, and it also serves made-to-order sandwiches, daily cut fries, hand-spun milkshakes and fresh salads. The signature dressings, like creamy garlic and chipotle bbq, are homemade every day.
The concept of PDQ came from former Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Readers. They spent several years working on the PDQ brand before opening a location in Tampa in 2011.
The location on Big Bend isn’t the only one popping up into the community. There will also be a PDQ at 134 S. Gornto Lake Rd. in Brandon, slated to open on Sunday, September 7. The Brandon and Riverview locations are affiliated with one another, and support each other through various posts on Facebook, encouraging customers to visit both locations. Both offer the same quality meals and service.
Though the concept is fast casual, if customers choose to dine in they are in no way rushed. When standing in line to order, there are several different menus to look at, and cashiers are quick to recommend their favorite dish if unable to decide. Once seated with food, there are employees popping in to check on customers, refill drinks or sauces and ask how the meal is.
“You can definitely tell they place an emphasis on friendly service and high-quality fresh food,” said Nick Kosmela, who attended the soft opening of the Riverview PDQ last week.
The Riverview PDQ is located at 10441 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview, and is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. -10 p.m. Visit the main Website, www.eatpdq.com, and under locations, choose either Brandon or Riverview to view job opportunities, both management and hourly.