A Texas-based restaurant is coming to Macon.
Zoes Kitchen plans to open at The Shoppes at River Crossing at 5080 Riverside Drive in north Bibb County.
Renovation work is expected to begin in July, and the restaurant is slated to open midfall in about 2,800 square feet of space with about 500 square feet of that used for a patio, according to an email from Madeline Stone, a public relations coordinator with the Plano, Texas company.
Founded in 1995, Zoes Kitchen is “a fast-casual restaurant concept serving a distinct menu of fresh, Mediterranean-inspired dishes delivered with Southern hospitality,” according to its website. Zoe, written with two dots over the “e,” means “life” in Greek.
The company received approval Monday from the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission for a conditional-use permit to allow outside seating at the new restaurant. It is expected to seat 128 people, including 46 on the patio.
“The entrance will be relocated from its current location at the circular front portion to the front facing Riverside Drive,” according to the commission’s staff report. “Seats will be added along the exterior of the curved portion and have a rail separating the tables from the pedestrian walk way.”
The eatery will be open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, and it is expected to employ 30-35 people, Stone said.
The company has 221 stores in 20 states and with 24 located in Georgia. The closest one to Macon is in Peachtree City.
“At Zoes, ingredients are delivered fresh through the back door daily,” according to a statement on the company’s website. “If it wasn’t food 100 years ago, it’s not food today,” founder Zoe Cassimus says in the statement. “Nothing is fried and there are no microwaves. What you’ll find at Zoes Kitchen is Mediterranean-inspired food, where grilling is the predominate method of cooking along with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, olive oil and lean proteins ... (with) gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the new restaurant would be built in the space occupied by Buca Di Beppo.