Local franchisee Shane Irvin anticipates opening the barbecue chain at 2645 Whiskey Road by the first week in October. Shane’s will occupy the former Talbots store within The Shoppes at Brookhaven and has been undergoing renovations, said Irvin’s sister and marketing coordinator, Jessica Irvin.
When completed, the restaurant will feature a banquet room apart from the main dining area, Irvin said.
The Aiken location is the area’s second Shane’s Rib Shack. The first opened in an Evans shopping center in 2008.
Irvin said the two restaurants are managed separately and have no affiliation.
“We just really like the town (of Aiken), and we didn’t want to infringe on the Evans location,” Irvin said.
Irvin said her brother has 12 years experience in the food-service industry with local Sonic Drive-Ins.
There could also be additional Shane’s restaurants opening across the area in the future.
“We just felt like Aiken was a town that we wanted to introduce Shane’s Rib Shack to,” she said. “We’ll see where we go from there.”
The original Shane’s Rib Shack was founded in McDonough, Ga., in 2002. There are now nearly 70 locations, mostly in the Southeast.