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PDQ to open first Midwest restaurant in Wheaton

Fast-casual chicken restaurant to open Sept. 24 in Danada Square East

Florida-based chicken chain PDQ plans to debut its first Midwest restaurant later this month, when the doors open at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at 167 Danada Square East in Wheaton.
Florida-based chicken chain PDQ plans to debut its first Midwest restaurant later this month, when the doors open at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at 167 Danada Square East in Wheaton.

WHEATON – PDQ plans to debut its first Midwest restaurant later this month, when the doors open at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24 at 167 Danada Square East in Wheaton.

The Florida-based chain is known for its hand-breaded chicken tenders, sandwiches, hand-cut fries and hand-spun milk shakes. The first 50 guests in line on opening day will receive a $50 PDQ gift card, free lunch and a PDQ swag bag.

A former IHOP restaurant was torn down to make way for the fast-casual chicken restaurant.

The Wheaton City Council in September 2016 approved a special-use permit for PDQ to raze the building in the Danada Square East shopping center and construct a 3,300-square-foot restaurant.

PDQ stands for "People Dedicated to Quality."

"What's so special and different about PDQ is just the quality of everything we do," PDQ Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer Jeffrey Kamis said in an interview last year. "And that starts with the food quality. Everything we do on the menu is made from scratch in house every day. That includes our hand-breaded tenders and sandwiches. That includes all of our homemade sauces and dressings. Everything is made in house every single day."

The restaurant also will have a drive-thru that will be different from other drive-thrus.

"Unlike most drive-thrus, we don't have a squawk box," he said. "We have what we call our hospitality hut. You place your order at our hospitality hut with one of our team members, so you are placing your order face to face at the first window in our hospitality hut... Everything for us is about the guest experience."

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If you go

WHAT: PDQ restaurant grand opening

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24

WHERE: 167 Danada Square East, Wheaton

INFO: eatpdq.com

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