The second Moes Southwest Grill in Columbus opens its doors Friday at 6516 Kitten Lake Drive in the Midland areas Lakeside Village development.
It will be the place to go for Moes fans through Sunday, with the 5555 Whittlesey Blvd. restaurant at Columbus Park Crossing having closed temporarily on Monday for a week of remodeling. It should reopen this coming Monday.
Those venturing to the new Kitten Lake outlet will be able to take part in a charitable effort known as pay what you want day on Saturday. Proceeds will go to JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and the West Central Georgia Regional Hospital Foundation.
The two Moes in Columbus are franchised and operated by Todd Pennington and Brack Rowe, who have five altogether and have been with the chain since 2002.
Atlanta-based Moes was founded in 2000 and now has more than 500 locations. It is known best for its wide variety of burritos, but also serves other items such as quesadillas and salads. It also serves drinks via a Coca-Cola Freestyle soda fountain.
Lakeside Village, at the intersection of J.R. Allen Parkway and Manchester Expressway, now has several eateries open or on the way. They include Subway, Yogli-Mogli Frozen Yogurt shop, LV Bar & Grill, Chicken Salad Chick, My Favorite Muffin, a Mexican restaurant.
A Chick-fil-A was the first eating establishment on the site, while a 2,482-square-foot Hardees is now coming out of the ground, according to a Columbus building permit taken out Aug. 28.