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Chicken chain, backed by former NFL player Tim Tebow, coming to Evans

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Most of the former Evans business that once housed a dormitory for school teachers was down Saturday.
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Demolition of a historic building in Evans started Friday to make room for a chicken chain restaurant backed by former NFL and University of Florida football star Tim Tebow.

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On Thursday, PDQ – standing for People Dedicated to Quality – purchased the corner lot on Washington and North Belair roads for an undisclosed amount and plans to build a 4,300-square-foot restaurant, said Jeff Kamis, PDQ’s chief marketing and public relations officer. It is expected to be open by early August.

The property once housed a teachers’ dormitory, which was later turned into Strictly Country. The gift shop closed in 2012 after 25 years.

A committee had been working since last year to save the cottage but was unable to raise enough money to move the structure to a new location. The building dates back to the 1920s.

PDQ pledged money to save the building and promises to preserve some part of the property’s historic value, possibly by adding the building’s old stones into its design plans, Kamis said.

“We definitely want to work with them on coming up with a way to commemorate that history,” he said. “We know it means so much to so many people in that area.”

H2 Restaurant Partners LLC, an investment group that includes Tebow and former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde, has joined with PDQ’s corporate office to bring the fast-casual restaurant to Evans, Kamis said.

The group opened its first PDQ late last year in Jacksonville, Fla., where there now is a second restaurant. The team is expected to open two or three more PDQ restaurants across Florida this year, Kamis said.

This is the first PDQ to open in Georgia. The restaurant will hire about 75 employees.

It might also feature appearances from some of the owners.

“It could happen,” Kamis said. “Vinny has been to some of the openings previously. I’m not sure if Tim’s been at a grand opening, but he’s certainly visited the restaurants before. They definitely have been there.”

Tampa, Fla.-based PDQ was founded in 2011 in part by Bob Basham, a co-founder of Outback Steakhouse, and Nick Reader, a former financial executive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The chain now has nearly 25 restaurants across the Southeast.

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fatboyhog
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fatboyhog 04/25/14 - 02:10 pm
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PDQ is PDS

PDS-Pretty Dang Sorry! They won't be getting my business. I know they bought the property and they can do what they want to, but that building has been there since the 20's and now you are going to tear it down? All in the name of "progress." What happened to pledging funds to move it? That's a hard place to enter/exit as it is. I don't think they'll make it 2 years, which will be a shame, because the building that was torn down stood far too long for them to just destroy to be in business for a couple of years.

gbhs
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gbhs 04/25/14 - 02:30 pm
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PDQ

Adding another chain restaurant to Columbia County?! Coco needs another chain restaurant about as much as Vegas needs another casino!

Cameron Poe
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Cameron Poe 04/25/14 - 02:43 pm
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Chains are about all Columbia

Chains are about all Columbia County will get until they decide to welcome the young professional childless crowd. Let's be honest, most non-chain hip interesting restaurants are not frequented by the older or family oriented crowd. Most restaurants similar to what we have in downtown Augusta are frequented by the younger crowd with disposable income. Columbia County is a great place to live but eventually they will need to welcome a larger demographic.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 04/25/14 - 03:23 pm
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Its a petty

I was hoping someone would stepped in and moved it.

Or, at least saved that beautiful hand lay stone fireplace and chimney.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/25/14 - 03:46 pm
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Well, by the time the place

Well, by the time the place opened and got established, my son would've been old enough to work there...so I was looking forward to that. BUT, now that we know Tim Tebow is a financial backer, my Georgia Bulldog fan-son wouldn't dare work there! if he did, we couldn't be held responsible for what he might say to Tebow..or sling at'im!!
No, just kidding. Tebow's gotta make some money somehow, may as well be in investments. Not sure how this one would go over though. There's Zaxby's right down the street, Maryland Fried chicken right around the corner, and the best fried chicken in Augusta is sold right there at Hardee's!! Lots of competition. And, as someone has mentioned, it's gonna be a booger getting in and out of that place safely!! (Wonder if they'll make a back road entrance from the road on the other side of the BP station??)

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 04/25/14 - 05:14 pm
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In instant bust. Bad

In instant bust. Bad location. Bad karma for tearing down a landmark. Most of all, there are a bunch of "GATA- HATAS" in the vicinity. :)

Bizkit
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Bizkit 04/25/14 - 05:55 pm
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Isn't the area saturated with

Isn't the area saturated with chicken chains? Reminds of the that song "Chicken train" by Ozark Mountain Daredevils.
chicken train
runnin' all day
chicken train
runnin' all day
chicken train
runnin' all day
I can't get on
I can't get off
chicken train take your chickens away"

WarrenvilleRepublican
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WarrenvilleRepublican 04/25/14 - 06:27 pm
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So what?

The powers to be, whoever they are, didn't save the building. PDQ is the the company that took advantage. As far as their "famous investors" I could care less. I wonder how many "famous" people own stock in Apple, Microsoft, Coke, Pepsi... Etc? I could care less who the investors of the restaurant are.

corgimom
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corgimom 04/25/14 - 07:55 pm
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My great nephew works for

My great nephew works for PDQ, and the restaurants that they operate here are called Tenders.

restguy
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restguy 04/26/14 - 12:14 am
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More jobs for the area is

More jobs for the area is great. Property has been for sale for awhile if concerned citizens wanted to save it should have done something about it. Don't hold it against the buyer. The sellers were not worried about it.

Darby
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Darby 04/26/14 - 12:31 am
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I'm all for free enterprise.

If they make it, great! If they don't, then at least they will have had the effect of bringing some money into the area.

An old building is just an old building. If some historic event transpired there, then maybe it would be worth talking about. The fact that those who would have saved it couldn't get up the dough says all that needs to be said about the value of the building.

Butterman
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Butterman 04/26/14 - 01:04 am
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Christian Chicken

Don't we already have Chik-Fil-A? Kind of hard to compete with them and their awesome chicken. I don't agree with their politics... but I sure be lovin their chicken!!

dickworth1
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dickworth1 04/26/14 - 05:38 am
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Seems to me
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It seems to me that the people complaining over the house being torn down for a fast food restaurant should step up and donate money to have it moved. This is not the fault of whomever buys the property, but for the local citizens to organize and raise monies to move the building.

peace4784
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peace4784 04/26/14 - 07:10 am
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Just another human chicken
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Just another human chicken feed trough. More just over minimum wage jobs.

peace4784
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peace4784 04/26/14 - 07:14 am
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Good place to hold a same-sex
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Good place to hold a same-sex marriage.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/26/14 - 07:55 am
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Someday & somehow

You will get a Cheesecake Factory & a Teds Montana Grill...maybe ..if yall can be good lil boys & girls...probably about the same time south augusta gets the 5 Guys..:)

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 04/26/14 - 08:21 am
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I went to eatpdq.com and
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I went to eatpdq.com and checked out their menu... chicken tenders.. chicken sandwiches and salads... too bad a Boston Market couldn't have been brought in!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/26/14 - 09:32 am
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CC will soon need a chicken processing plant. ?Con pollo?
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CC will soon need a chicken processing plant. ?Con pollo?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/26/14 - 09:35 am
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Troubled intersection. No planning & zoning. Chicken & Wrecks.
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Troubled intersection. No planning & zoning. Chicken & Wrecks.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 04/26/14 - 09:35 am
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Another Bobby Jones & Washington Rd. Planning & zoning. $$$$$
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Another Bobby Jones & Washington Rd. Planning & zoning. $$$$$

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 04/26/14 - 09:36 am
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If it didn't merit an historic marker,

or even the pursuit of one, then it's hard to justify saving it once the good citizens of Col Co declined to step up and pay for moving it.

It stopped being attractive, or even noticeable really, the day they covered the yard with asphalt.

I do hope they save the two trees though.

ironpurps
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ironpurps 04/26/14 - 10:15 am
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Put up a plaque

Just put up a plaque and be done with it.

burninater
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burninater 04/26/14 - 12:20 pm
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Planners in Evans have

Planners in Evans have already allowed such a repugnant sprawl of low-density commercial development, I can't see how this property will make any difference. Too little, too late.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/26/14 - 12:43 pm
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WarrenvilleRepublican, the

WarrenvilleRepublican, the term is not "I could care less", the correct term is I could not care less.". To say you "could care less" means that you actually ARE able to care less than you do. To say you "could not care less" means that there is no way that you could possibly care less about the thing you're talking about.
Okay!!....today's grammar lesson is now OVER! Please don't hate the messenger. And if you do hate me, well, I could care less!

karradur
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karradur 04/26/14 - 01:25 pm
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Just what we need.

Football Jesus's Chicken-O-Rama.

allhans
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allhans 04/26/14 - 02:09 pm
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I'm not a great lover of

I'm not a great lover of chicken but if it connected to Tebow then I think I can develop a taste.

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