Penguin Point, a northern Indiana staple for fast food, opened its doors for the first time Tuesday in Owensboro. Officials with the restaurant — known best for its pork tenderloin sandwich — said their first day of business kept them busy but went smoothly overall.
Southern Division Manager Tricia Calloway-Nalin said their newest site in Owensboro marked the restaurant’s 18th location. Penguin Point is based in Warsaw, Ind.
“We’ve been in business for 70 years,” she said. “We have 15 open locations in the Warsaw region. We have one in Louisville. … They just started wanting to expand and move south. They did their homework on areas that they felt would be good for the brand.”
Penguin Point takes over the former Captain D’s location at 830 Chuck Gray Court. The first day of opening went “really well,” Calloway-Nalin said.
“We’ve been pretty busy for lunch and are hoping to get more for dinner,” she said.
Famous for their breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, Penguin Point is hoping to introduce more Kentuckians to what Calloway-Nalin said northern Indiana has become famous for.
However, the Owensboro menu will differ slightly from what customers might have experienced at Indiana-based locations.
“All the northern Indiana stores are legacy stores, so most of them have been open for 30 years or more,” she said. “We have a different menu for just the southern division, for anything south of Indiana.”
Aside from the pork tenderloin sandwich — which can be grilled or fried — menu items include a chicken tender sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, three different burgers, chicken tender baskets served with Texas toast, kids’ meals, milkshakes, breaded onion rings, french fries and a variety of signature sauces that are handmade at Penguin Point.
Those interested in applying at Penguin Point can pick up an application at the site or visit the company’s website.