Another chicken finger joint is headed for Columbus.
We’ve seen our fair share through the years and the latest chicking finger-focused restaurant to come to town is Florida-based Huey Magoo’s. The restaurants are being franchised by Tim Hobart and his wife and they intend to open up to 20 restaurants in the Columbus and Dayton area over the next few years.
Huey Magoo’s was founded in 2004 by Matt Armstrong and Thad Hudgens. Last year, the restaurant chain was acquired by a new restaurant group and that new group has inspired this massive expansion. Currently, there are only 18 Huey Magoo’s restaurants and with the new expansion into Ohio and Tennessee, customers can find these tasty chicken fingers in eight states: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama, North Carolina and Ohio.
“I’m asked all the time, what differentiates Huey Magoo’s from all of the other tender concepts,” says president and CEO Andy Howard. “I imagine they all say that their tenders are the best, but we just say, ‘Try Huey Magoo’s! Let that tender melt in your mouth, and then you will agree our tenders are the best in the industry.’”
“The other key item that really differentiates us is the quality of franchisees that we have attracted. They are first and foremost honest, hardworking folks, and they love Huey Magoo’s. They all are focused on being great operators and taking care of our guests, one guest at a time.”
Huey Magoo’s restaurants offer dine-in, carry out, delivery through third-party delivery services, drive-thru, and curbside pickup at participating restaurants. THe menu includes tasty treats like Huey Magoo’s signature grilled, hand-breaded, or “sauced” premium chicken tenders, farm fresh salads, sandwiches, and wraps.
There are no specific sites for the Columbus restaurants just yet. There’s a slim chance they could open before the end of 2021, but the first restaurant is expected to open in early 2022.