By Jenna-Lee Neff
Northwest Peoria residents can look forward to getting a brand-new experience with loaded fries in the first quarter of 2022. Mr. Fries Man is a brand that takes pride in using freshly cooked and quality ingredients as they turn fries into full meals by incorporating protein, sauce, and other add-ons with the popular side.
“Mr. Fries Man is a fast food, casual dining restaurant with its own unique style for preparing custom fries with a variety of toppings,” says Chatiya Jones-Dean, who owns the upcoming franchise location alongside her husband Jamaal Dean. “We decided to bring this opportunity to Arizona because it has great food choices that hit your taste buds.”
Mr. Fries Man started as a family-owned underground foodie frenzy in Los Angeles. Since then, owners Craig and Dorothy Batiste have turned it into a brick-and-mortar location before opening opportunities to franchise in 2020. There are currently 21 franchise locations already opening or in the works across the country.
The Peoria location will be Jones-Dean and her husband’s first restaurant. She says opening a franchise location was a great opportunity that just made sense.
“We wanted to create job opportunities,” Jones-Dean says. “And we felt like this would be the perfect opportunity to get the community involved in something new for their taste buds.”
“We want to basically create generational wealth and business opportunities for others and show others that you’re capable of doing anything you put your mind to,” she says.
Peoria residents intrigued by the menu can dive into customer favorites like the chili cheese fries made with chicken chili and cheddar cheese. The buffalo ranch chicken is a dish that smothers the fries with buffalo and ranch sauces, cheddar cheese and lets the customer decide between grilled or fried chicken.
For seafood lovers, the restaurant offers dishes like the BBQ bacon ranch shrimp and the lemon garlic crab and shrimp, which top the fries with tasty seafood and cheddar cheese before finishing them off with BBQ and ranch sauce on the former and lemon garlic sauce on the latter.
And for those on a vegetarian or vegan path, the restaurant will offer Beyond Meat plant-based protein and other options.
According to Jones-Dean, the location will offer discounts to students, first responders and seniors.
Mr. Fries Man is opening their doors at 8272 W. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Suite 207, with a current target opening in late January. Grand opening festivities will be announced soon.
To learn more about Mr. Fries Man and their customer favorites, visit mrfriesman.com. To keep up with the latest news and information, follow on Facebook at @MrFriesManGardena or Instagram at @mr_fries_man.
Jenna-Lee Neff is a freelance journalist, digital audience analyst, and public relations professional. Learn more about her work at jennaleeneff.com.