ST. PETERSBURG — An upstart fast food restaurant is proving it's not chicken. PDQ, which serves up chicken tenders, chicken salads and chicken sandwiches, is opening a restaurant just three blocks from a Chick-fil-A.
PDQ paid $1.4 million for the long-vacant Ponderosa restaurant at 4526 Fourth St. N. The property seller, All Florida Orthopaedic Associates, bought the building just two years ago for $1.2 million.
"It's going to open the end of summer or in the fall," said Bill Glass, operating partner of the PDQ at 2207 S Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. It will employ about 75 people.
The company was launched in 2011 by Outback Steak- house co-founder Bob Basham. PDQ stands for "people dedicated to quality" as well as "pretty darn quick."
The company is also opening stores in Carrollwood and Wesley Chapel. The buildings include an open kitchen, modern furniture and Corian countertops. They are employee-heavy because everything is prepared on-site from hand-cut fries to grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches.