Tebow-backed eateries due to open in summer


G.P. Masonry of Ocala workers pour and work the foundation of the PDQ restaurant in Ocala on Thursday.

Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner
Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

PDQ, a restaurant chain whose investors include former NFL quarterbacks Tim Tebow and Vinny Testaverde, is on target to open local eateries around early summer, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

The Ocala location at 3410 SW College Road — last occupied by House of Japan sushi — is set for a June 15 opening and the Gainesville restaurant at the corner of West University Avenue and 34th Street — longtime home of Grandy’s — is due to open some time in early summer, according to Katheryn Frankland of PDQ’s marketing department.

On Thursday morning, a crew with GP Masonry poured the foundation for the Ocala PDQ.

Frankland said anyone interested in jobs with PDQ can go to the company’s website www.EatPDQ.com, click on the “Job Opportunities” link at the bottom of the page and find information on hourly and management jobs.

Tampa based-PDQ is described on its website as a “fast casual restaurant” specializing in chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, fries, milkshakes and fresh salads. Of the company’s 21 current locations, 12 are in Florida. PDQ also has restaurants in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. Bob Basham, co-founder of the Outback Steakhouse chain, and Nick Reader, CEO of MVP holdings, are the two principal owners.

Frankland said PDQ restaurants are generally company-owned but the chain does have investors in individual restaurants, adding Tebow and Testaverde are investing in the Ocala and Gainesville locations.

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