The Indiana-based restaurant chain Penguin Point will be opening a location in Owensboro in the former Captain D’s building on Chuck Gray Court.
Penguin Point CEO Dave Meier said Owensboro and a location in Louisville also being renovated will be the company’s first step into the Kentucky market. Currently, the restaurant group has 13 locations in Indiana, one in Fayetteville, Ark. and is opening another in Jacksonville, NC. He hopes to have both Kentucky locations open by January 2020.
The fast-food chain’s menu consists of hamburgers, chicken strip baskets and their best-seller a breaded pork tenderloin sandwich topped with cheese and cabbage.
“We’re not sure how it will do in Kentucky,” Meier said.
According to Meier, the real estate market in Kentucky is what pressed him to establish a market in the Commonwealth. Both the Owensboro and Louisville locations were former Captain D’s restaurants and were a “good deal” for Penguin Point.
Demolition of the Owensboro location is underway. Meier said the renovations are extensive.
“We are gutting the building inside and out,” he said. “Everything will be new.”
Meier said he visited Owensboro before purchasing his newest location, calling the city a “thriving business area.”