ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Hiring managers are still going through applications for jobs at the newly built Cheddar's.
They've hired more than 140 people. Interviews are still in process to bring on 60 to 80 more workers.
General manager Joyce Bishara says the manpower is necessary for them to live up to their name as the "scratch kitchen."
"85-95 percent of our product is made from scratch," said Bishara. "Our freezer is very small, things come in and we make it from scratch."
Assistant manager Nate Phillips started as a cook eight years ago. Now, he's interviewing people for that same job, and he's looking for folks who share his ambition.
"You want that wow factor, that person that you can see the hunger in their eyes--the desire," said the Warner Robbins native. "It goes a long way it says something about their character and what they really want to do."
"All the managers used to be cooks or servers that are on my team as well," said Bishara. "So (Cheddar's) believes in developing within."
Like the hiring process, the new Albany location that sits off North Westover Boulevard is nearly finished.
Cheddar's will be the first of several new restaurant chains to open in Albany. Chipotle, Five guys Burgers and Fries and Panera Bread will soon follow.
The Chamber of Commerce says that's good for the city.
"Anytime there's a national chain that's recognizable by people," said Albany Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Barbara Rivera Holmes. "That always gets everyone excited. We've had a good string of national announcements in our community the last few years and Cheddar's is among them."
Interviews are still being held at the Goodwill Career center on North Slappey.
Bishara and Phillips will be there Thursday 9-5 and Friday 9-3.
Applications are also being accepted on Snagajob.com