One of the nation’s largest Wendy’s franchisees, Meritage Hospitality Group, announces the grand opening of the company’s newest Wendy’s restaurant in Stillwater. The Michigan based organization’s restaurant will open to the public on September 25. Additionally, there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP party on October 10 from 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m., where dine-in customers can receive a free small Frosty® with any purchase.
The restaurant is an all-new ‘Smart 55’ building design, which can be found on the east side of Perkins Road, just north of E. Lakeview Road. It is designed with a smaller footprint than a traditional Wendy’s restaurant, and the total square footage is nearly half that of older restaurant designs. With a capacity of 55 guests, the restaurant uses innovative interior and exterior designs to reinvent the Wendy’s restaurant environment. Zernco Inc. of Wichita, KS is assisting with the construction of this project. They will also be assisting with the closure and reconstruction of the existing Stillwater, OK Wendy’s restaurant that is scheduled to begin September 24.
“There is a high level of anticipation from our operations team regarding this brand new location,” said Jeremy Bynum, Area Director of Oklahoma for Meritage Hospitality Group. “This location on Perkins Road will be a healthy addition to our 18 existing restaurants in the Oklahoma City market, and this northeastern addition will assist us in providing desired value to Oklahoma State University and the surrounding community.
The guest facing front-of-house includes state of the art features designed to maximize the guest experience. Features include a fireplace, open ceiling with up-lighting, flat-screen TV’s, complimentary Wi-Fi, and Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. This will also be one of the first Wendy’s restaurants to implement a kiosk ordering system, which allows customers to customize their order from a touchscreen display. Additionally, the open kitchen is designed to provide guests a unique inside look at their food being made from scratch. Features such as high-speed ovens, 30lb. fryers, and double-sided grills are installed to maximize efficiency.
“We are excited for our grand opening and ready to begin serving our customers from a brand new and second Stillwater location, especially since the Wendy’s name has already been part of the community for 39 years” said Matt McCoy, District Manager for Meritage Hospitality Group.
The new restaurant is located at 2401 Perkins Road, and it is one of many renovation or construction projects that will continue to position Wendy’s as ‘A Cut Above.’ Meritage Hospitality Group plans to open two more Wendy’s restaurants in addition to this within the Oklahoma City area by the end of 2017.