Ten years ago Steve Brewer was in chemical sales for a small company and traveling for business every week. "My kids were young, and I was missing out on their lives," he recalled. When a friend mentioned he was looking into buying a quick, casual restaurant franchise called Zaxby's, Brewer was intrigued. He liked the idea of being his own boss and the flexibility it would allow.
Started by boyhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley in 1990 as a single restaurant in Statesboro, Georgia, Zaxby's has since grown to more than 700 franchised locations in 16 states, mostly in the South.