Mobile, Ala.-based chicken finger chain Foosackly’s plans to open a second Pensacola location at 1960 East Nine Mile Road, near the University of West Florida.
The company, which has nine locations throughout lower Alabama, opened its first Pensacola location at 5850 Mobile Highway in January.
“We think this area is a perfect fit for us,” said owner Will Fusaiotti. “A great mix of students, families and businesses. The vibe up by the UWF is positive and full of energy. We hope that we can feed off that and maybe add something to it.”
The Foosackly’s menu is simple — fried chicken fingers, available with fries and Texas toast or in sandwich or salad form. Cole slaw and a lineup of homemade sauces round out the restaurant’s offerings.
Site work is currently underway at the 3.43-acre property, which fronts on Nine Mile and is bounded by Baron Miller Road and Hillview Drive. The company hopes to start construction by mid-August and is eyeing the Thanksgiving holiday as a tentative opening date.
The new location will be the first of the company’s restaurants to use a new design concept, and Fusaiotti says it will be the largest Foosackly’s location to date.
“We’ve invested further into outdoor seating and added some perks for our four-legged family members,” said Fusaiotti.
The restaurant’s patio will include seating for larger group and families, as well as heaters and fans to keep guests comfortable during different seasons. The company is also working on new technology designed to improve service times and customer convenience.
“We hope that if you bring your dog or small children to sit on the patio, you’ll be able to order from either from an outdoor kiosk or from your phone, thus not having to leave your little ones out on the patio,” Fusaiotti said.
If all goes well, Foosackly’s fans can expect to see additional locations in Pensacola in the future.
“We really have had a great 6 months at our first location on the West side,” Fusaiotti said. “Our crew is fantastic and the reception by the community has been more than we could have hoped for. If we have similar results at Nine Mile, we will continue to move forward with other locations.”
The company purchased the former Hardee’s building on North 9th Avenue in 2015, and Fusaiotti said he’s “really close to pulling the trigger” on developing the building as a third Pensacola Foosackly’s store.
“The location has some access issues that are trying to work through and we hope that we are successful,” said Fusaiotti.