A new Cap­tain D’s com­ing to Rock­mart

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - SJ Edi­tor Lo­cal of­fi­cials and lo­cal restau­ra­teur Asif Jari­wala gather to cel­e­brate the ground­break­ing for the new Cap­tain D’s. By Kevin Myrick

Get ready to eat some seafood in Rock­mart this sum­mer as a new res­tau­rant op­tion is set to open on Nathan Dean Park­way start­ing in July.

A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for a new Cap­tain D’s lo­ca­tion was held late last week as soon- to- be new owner Asif Jari­wala got to show off what he hopes will be a suc­cess­ful new ad­di­tion to both his busi­ness and the com­mu­nity.

Jari­wala, who owns the Dairy Queen in Rock­mart as well, said he bought the prop­erty with the hopes of bring­ing the seafood res­tau­rant chain to Polk County way back in 2006.

His pa­tience paid off as cor­po­rate heads fi­nally looked at new de­vel­op­ments — in­clud­ing ad­di­tions in past years of a Zaxby’s and last fall’s open­ing of the Chick-filA just down the street — and de­cided it was time to build.

“I bought the lot in 2006 to hold out for Cap­tain D’s,” he said. “Now they’re look­ing to the dif­fer­ent places that are here... Cap­tain D’s de­cided to move it in now.”

A long con­nec­tion with Cap­tain D’s in­spired him to try to get the new busi­ness lo­cally.

Jari­wala pre­vi­ously worked in the chain grow­ing up, when his brother would send him out of the Dairy Queen his fam­ily owned.

“I worked at Cap­tain D’s for fun, for free. They just let me hang out,” he said.

He’ll con­tinue to own the Dairy Queen lo­cally — he pre­vi­ously owned a store in Ma­ri­etta when he got into the res­tau­rant busi­ness in the early 1990s.

One rea­son he chose Cap­tain D’s — be­side his long re­la­tion­ship as a for­mer em­ployee — was the ex­pand­ing and ev­er­chang­ing menu com­ing from Dairy Queen’s cor­po­rate of­fices. He said be­cause Cap­tain D’s has a menu that stays sta­ble, it is much eas­ier to op­er­ate as a res­tau­rant. Con­struc­tion is al­ready un­der­way as site prepa­ra­tions be­gan be­fore the ground­break­ing, with an ex­pec­ta­tion that the work is go­ing to be done be­fore mid-sum­mer.

“I t should be done around June 15 or 16,” Jari­wala said. “We’re look­ing to open the first week of July.”

Kevin Myrick / SJ

Kevin Myrick / SJ

Asif Jari­wala talks with lo­cal of­fi­cials.

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