More than a year has passed since a fire ravaged the Oviedo Huey Magoo's location, but the popular chicken restaurant is officially back and sizzling.
Matt Armstrong, the co-founder of Huey Magoos, said the McCulloch Road and Alafaya Trail location reopened on Saturday, and since then, the restaurant has remained busy.
"We've had an overwhelming response. We had projections made based on where sales were prior to the fire, and we assumed we would pick up somewhere around there, but we exceeded those expectations," Armstrong said.
With new exterior and interior designs, the Huey Magoo's has also restructured its menu, now offering wraps, sandwiches and fresh-made salads, along with its chicken tenders and popular 'Huey Magoo's' sauce.
"We've updated our systems. Really just took the last year to make a lot of improvements that were already on the books. This is the first location with a full new exterior design, new kitchen equipment and new menu offerings," Armstrong said.
Although the fire that occurred in May 2014 made Armstrong and his team rebuild the restaurant from scratch, they are looking forward to expanding their business in the near future.
In October, Huey Magoo's will open its fourth location in Altamonte Springs, and by 2017, Armstrong said there will be six more locations opening in other cities.
The restaurant's official grand opening will launch in a few weeks.
Shanae Hardy is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Email her at ShanaeH@CentralFloridaFuture.com