Saraland farmhouse-style restaurant is first in town with nearby locations scheduled

ATHENS, Ga. — May 14, 2019 — The first Zaxby’s in Saraland, Alabama is coming in June to 57 Shell St. A fan favorite for chicken fingers, wings and salads, the new fast-casual restaurant is the 89th in Alabama of more than 900 locations across 17 states. Construction began February 3.

"We are very excited to finally bring the Zaxby’s brand to Saraland,” said licensee Hudson Sandefur, who owns this location with his business partner David Marks. “Serving our fresh chicken fingers, buffalo wings and Zalads to the good people of Saraland is something we have been working toward for several years.”

With seating for 70, the 3,585 square-foot farmhouse-style location reflects Zaxby’s commitment to providing an exceptional fast-casual dining experience including a redesigned exterior, kitchen and dining area featuring a proprietary Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. The interior is rustic with floor-to-ceiling brick walls and modernized tables and booths with eco-friendly LED lighting. Online ordering is available through as well as the Zaxby’s app and third-party delivery is offered via Waitr.

An alternative to fast food, Zaxby’s serves fresh, prepared-at-order, hand-breaded Chicken Fingerz and Wings made in a variety of nine sauces. The menu also features four Zalads and eight sandwiches along with innovative Zappetizers including Tater Chips and Spicy Fried Mushrooms, and Party Platterz for large groups. The first 100 guests at the Saraland opening will receive a Fanatic Pack filled with Zaxby’s Deck of 52 Dealz including many menu favorites.

“We are eager to build on the community involvement we have established in Baldwin County and do what we can to support Saraland schools, businesses and organizations,” Sandefur said, who owns one of his six locations with Marks. “My partner, dedicated team members and I look forward to serving this great community.”

“We are really excited. This one is special. We have been trying to open a location in Saraland for a long time,” Marks said.

The licensees have plans to continue developing the Mississippi coast and other nearby locations in the market. This restaurant will provide 50 jobs in the Saraland community. Those interested in applying for a job may visit, the Zaxby’s Saraland Facebook page or text “zaxjobs” to 242424.




Founded in 1990, Zaxby's is still led by founder Zach McLeroy. The brand is committed to serving delicious chicken fingers, wings, sandwiches and salads in a fun, offbeat atmosphere where customers are considered friends. Zaxby's iconic Signature Sandwich won Thrillist's 2021 Fasties Award for Best Fried Chicken Sandwich. Zaxby's has grown to more than 900 locations in 17 states and is headquartered in Athens, Georgia. For more information, visit or


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