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Our Story

At PDQ, we’re People Dedicated to Quality. But mostly, we’re committed to you.

In 2009 our Founders, Bob and Nick, were hungry to build a new kind of restaurant. One that makes people the focus, and quality the bottom line.

Bob was in search of fresh flavor and inspiration, and Nick wanted a place that served fresh, fast food he felt good about feeding to his kids.

So they hit the road and (lucky for us) found just what they were looking for in North Carolina. A friendly down-home neighborhood joint called Tenders with the tastiest, freshest, made-from-scratch chicken tenders. They made a deal on the spot with mom and pop, and in 2011 opened the first PDQ in Tampa, Florida. Best road trip, ever.

Bob and Nick knew they had something special at the opening of our first Tampa restaurant on Halloween weekend. Car lines wrapped around the building, and folks kept coming back for more.

From the beginning, Bob and Nick believed food should be fresh, fast and affordable. They believed in working with good people. And, they believed in unwavering quality and hospitality.

It’s what makes us People Dedicated to Quality. It’s not just words. It’s our passion and our purpose. And in everything we do, it reflects our commitment to you.

Our Personal Touch

We have crazy, delicious fresh food you can’t find anywhere else — hand-breaded chicken tenders, made-to-order sandwiches, hand-tossed salads, hand-spun shakes — and that’s our feel-good guarantee.

The comfort begins when you walk through our doors. It’s welcoming and friendly. It just feels like home.

It’s food the way you want it, made-to-order. Want an ingredient added? Want something changed? Just ask us. We’ll gladly work with you. And we’ll do it with a smile.

You’re going to be super cozy. You’ll love curling up in our bright, sparkling restaurants with booths, tables, high-tops, spots at the counter, even outdoor seating.

Our personal touch even shows up at the drive-thru window, where you talk to a real person, not a speaker. You’ll leave satisfied every time.

We’re PDQ — People Dedicated to Quality. And our quality begins with people.

Our People

What’s with all that hustle and bustle? All those smiles? Like they say, “Teamwork makes the dream work.”

When you love what you do, it shows. We’re proud of our restaurant. We’re proud of our team. And, we believe in having some fun along the way.

We raise each other up. We don’t take ourselves too seriously. We always strive to be our best. And, most importantly, we see every entry-level job as an opportunity to learn and grow with us.


We’re Just Made, Better. It’s our promise to you. It inspires everything we do.

Just Made means food that’s crafted from scratch, in-house with only the freshest ingredients.

Just Made means food that’s made-to-order in our open kitchen. (Wave hi. We’ll wave back.)

No microwaves. Just human ingenuity and care.

Better is what we make. From our farm-fresh food, to our Guests’ days.

Our chicken is 100% fresh and never frozen.

Our sauces and dressings are made in-house, every day.

Better is fresh food. Served with a side of the unbeatable hospitality.

It’s who we are. It’s what we serve. It’s how we make you feel.


PDQ is more than just delicious food. We’re good neighbors, too.

We help our communities by donating our time and resources. We share your deep roots. When someone succeeds — whether it’s through sports, academics or helping others — we all do.

We exist to recognize, celebrate, and empower people dedicated to quality, just like you.

Our Experience

From the moment you walk through our doors, we want to delight you. From our friendly, fast service to our bright, inviting dining rooms.

We bring together the convenience and speed of fast food with the quality of casual dining.

It starts with how our restaurants look. Our comfortable booths, tables, high-tops, counter seats, and outdoor seating offer the feel of casual dining.

While our fast service gets you in and out the door. Because we know your time is valuable, so we don’t waste it.

We’ll call your order by name when your meal’s ready, sometimes even before you can pour your drink. We visit your table and make sure you have everything you need. Our personal touch even shows up at the hand sink — with lavender soap — inside our dining room. Because cleanliness and quality go hand in hand.

We even have a drive-thru window, where you talk to a real person. Not a speaker.

We keep things simple. To us, there’s nothing more basic than great food, great service, and great hospitality. That’s where we set the bar — and we don’t settle for less.

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