Freddy’s Custard & Steakburgers, a Kansas based chain with 124 restaurants in 23 states, intends to open its first Jacksonville location next spring near the Regal Cinemas along Beach Boulevard. The Freddy’s website reaches 1402 6 Beach Blvd., across the street from the Theatre and east of Beach and Hodges boulevards. Franchisee Kyle Gerstner could construct around 15 Freddy’s locations in the metro region over ten years. Jacksonville is a marketplace with a family friendly neighborhood and strong ties. The city declared a concurrency reservation certification for a 108 seat, 3, 010 sq ft Freddy’s on 1.68 acres. Freddy’s is based in Wichita, Kan., where it traces its foundation to WWII veteran Freddy Simon.
The first franchise location opened with the prototype design including indoor and terraced seating. Back in Florida, a Freddy’s is open in Bradenton, and two are launching soon in Ocala and Orlando, in accord with the freddysusa.com site. The menu focuses on custards, including poultry sandwich, steakburgers, hotdogs, concretes and tenders, fries and onion rings, and combos. The fast-casual restaurant chain was rated from the 2014 Inc. List for the 3rd successive year of the growing companies in America. It was known among the top firms based in Kansas. Freddy’s founders run 13 places, comprising six in the Kansas City market, Six from the metro Wichita region and one in the Dallas marketplace. The 111 franchise units serve states from California to Pennsylvania, Virginia and down its East Coast to Florida. Spokeswoman Alexandra Pearce said 21 more places are scheduled to open throughout the country by year-end.