The New Zaxby's in Niceville is set to open on September 30 at 10:30 a.m. It is the third store in the area for owner, Steve Hay, and will be family-owned and operated.

NICEVILLE — The new Zaxby’s located at 1160 John Sims Parkway East will have its grand opening on Monday, September 30.

Construction on the restaurant began in March. It is the third Zaxby’s in the area for owner Steve Hay, who also owns the Fort Walton Beach and Crestview restaurants.

“Our area of service is Okaloosa County,” Hay said. “Crestview serves the north and the interstate and Fort Walton serves Eglin and the south. Now Niceville is right in between."

The restaurant has a redesigned farmhouse-style exterior and an interior that features rustic décor for a welcoming ambience.

The fast-food restaurant serves fresh, prepared-at-order, hand-breaded chicken fingers 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.

Hay believes the combination of the restaurant’s atmosphere, food, and service is a winning recipe.

“If we give the service that our culture dictates, we’re going to do fantastic,” Hay said. “Niceville is going to love us.”

The Niceville store is extra special for Hay because it is all family-owned and operated. Hay’s son-in-law, Richards Johnson, is his partner in the store while his son, Steven Hay, is the district manager and his daughter, Keisha Johnson, is the store’s general manager.

The family-oriented feel is something Keisha believes will set the store apart from other fast-food restaurants in the area.

“It’s been a long time waiting, but I’m extremely excited,” Keisha said. “We have a great crew and we’re a tight-knit family so I think it will be a great store for us.”

The restaurant will provide 20-25 new jobs in the Niceville community. Those interested in applying for a position may visit the new restaurant until Sunday.

Prior to the grand opening at the end of the month, the store will have two soft openings: one for the crew member’s families and friends and another for people who helped get the store up and running.

The store will open at 10:30 a.m. on September 30. The first 100 guests at the opening will receive Zaxby’s Deck of 52 Dealz including many menu favorites.