Zaxbys is a franchised chain of fast casual restaurants offering chicken wings, chicken fingers, sandwiches, and salads. The company operates primarily in the Southern United States with more than 800 locations. The first Zaxbys restaurant opened in Statesboro, Georgia in March 1990. The companys first restaurant outside of Georgia was opened in September 1994 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Zaxbys now operates in 18 states. Zaxbys chicken and Zax Sauce is based on another smaller chicken finger chain called Guthries that existed in Athens, Georgia while Zach McLeroy attended the University of Georgia. The first Zaxbys was established in Statesboro, Georgia, near the Georgia Southern University campus, by childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley. The company operates as a casual dining restaurant, offering prepared-at-order chicken fingers, chicken wings, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers. Dipping sauces are offered with chicken finger orders, and range from mild, to the moderate "Zax sauce", to the intensely hot "Nuclear" and "Insane". Dining rooms at Zaxbys restaurants are decorated with assorted whimsical objects and signs, which often vary in theme by location and region. Some locations in college towns feature objects and decorations related to the local university. Similarly, citrus-industry themed decorations line the walls at an Orlando, Florida location.