By Mark Ambrogi
Blake Epperson had a very definite image in mind when he was seeking a location for his first Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers franchise.
Carmel fit it perfectly.
“My business partners and I are from Kansas,” said Epperson, owner of the franchise. “Our goal was to find a community in Indiana that reminded us of home, one that holds dear the Midwestern culture and values with which we all grew up. We feel Carmel and its surrounding communities are a great match.”
A ground breaking was recently held at Freddy’s first Indianapolis-metro location at 2740 E. 146th St., Carmel. The 3,500-square-foot fast-casual restaurant will seat 100 guests inside, with additional outdoor seating. There is a Freddy’s in Evansville and one under construction in Columbus, Ind.
“Construction has started, and our timeline is still developing, but we’re currently targeting late fall or early winter,” Epperson said. “We hope to employ about 85 local individuals.”
Epperson started as an entry-level Freddy’s team member to make money while he was in college. He worked his way up to general manager of the company’s original training restaurant in Wichita, Kan. The chain was co-founded in 2002 by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon. Freddy’s opened its first location in Wichita, featuring cooked-to-order steakburgers and Chicago hot dogs, along with its signature desserts, prepared with premium frozen custard, made fresh throughout the day.
Epperson said the company’s namesake, Simon, is a 91-year-old World War II veteran.
“When guests visit a Freddy’s restaurant and read about his life, his service, and his family, they receive a glimpse of the foundation on which the restaurant concept was built, and it helps them understand what gives the Freddy’s restaurant its retro feel,” Epperson said. “When I first joined the Freddy’s team as a young employee, it was neat to experience firsthand what separates Freddy’s from other fast-casual restaurant concepts. Sure, it’s a fast-paced restaurant environment, but we take the time to speak with guests and their families, learn their stories.”
Those interested should apply online at freddysusa.com/careers.