Nashville-based fast casual seafood restaurant Captain D’s has opened a corporate-owned location in Carbondale, Illinois. Located at 1040 E. Walnut Street, the Carbondale restaurant marks the brand’s sixth Illinois location and third corporate-owned opening this year.
“With about 50 percent of our locations being company-owned, we have the advantage of vetting our internal processes from the kitchen to our service in order to lead by example,” said Brad Reed, chief development officer of Captain D’s. “The very mentality we utilize to expand our corporate presence instills confidence in franchisees to grow alongside us in markets holding immense potential, such as Illinois. Keeping that in mind, we look forward to joining Carbondale’s local economy and enhancing brand awareness in the state with our welcoming atmosphere and quality seafood menu items.”
Captain D’s currently has 544 restaurants open and operating throughout the nation. The brand aims to open over 20 locations by the end of the year following 2018’s successful pattern of more than a dozen new locations and numerous signed franchise development agreements for new restaurants in states like Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan and Oklahoma.
“Pairing our consistent expansion across the Southeast with our motivated growth across the Midwest and Northern United States, the brand is projected to tackle our goals for 2019, gearing up to open over 25 locations throughout 2020,” said Reed.