Diner Eats & Treats
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Celebrates Grand Opening In Greenwood
Writer / Seth Johnson
Photographer / Ron Wise
On a hot summer day, it’s hard to beat a refreshing scoop of ice cream or a delicious, juicy burger. Now, those in Greenwood have a new option to choose from when that craving hits with the arrival of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.
Located at 5235 Noggle Way near Kroger at Emerson and County Line Road, the Greenwood location opened its doors on March 13. The fast-casual restaurant’s opening marked the 300th location for Freddy’s and was accompanied by a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Indy Chamber of Commerce.
“We saw Greenwood as a great market for Freddy’s and for our concept,” says Stuart King, an operating partner of the Freddy’s in Greenwood. “Our concept is very family-oriented and very values-oriented. I believe those things ring very true in that area.”
Known for their humble, diner-esque atmosphere, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers was co-founded in 2002 by Scott Redler and Bill, Randy and Freddy Simon, with an original location in Wichita, Kan. “When they started it, they did not foresee it being near what it has become,” says King, who originally started working for Freddy’s at the age of 19.
In fact, he and his operating partners all have a deep history with the restaurant.
“We all started as bottom-level employees with Freddy’s 12 years ago,” King says. “All four of us started as cooks with Freddy’s back then, and it’s been through hard work and opportunity that we are here today as franchisees.”
Having expanded out of Kansas, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers can now be found in 31 states across the U.S. At each location, customers will still find a no-nonsense menu, complete with delicious burgers, Chicago-style hot dogs and savory desserts.
“The main things on the menu have pretty much stayed the same the entire time,” King says. “There are some things that have been added. But for the most part, it’s all the same stuff.”
Other food items on the current menu include a grilled chicken breast sandwich, as well as a limited-time-only fish and chips basket or sandwich. For the youngsters, there is also a kid’s menu that features several tasty choices, including a burger, cheeseburger, grilled cheese, hotdog and chicken tenders. And of course, you can’t forget the plethora of frozen custard options to pick from for dessert.
“The most popular things are going to be the custard items — there are probably 100,000 ways to get it,” King says. “I think the turtle sundae is probably the most popular and most recognizable dessert item. And then on the food side, I would say that the No. 1, Freddy’s Original Double, is definitely our best seller.”
When it comes to the success of Freddy’s, King explains there’s a pretty simple equation. “It brings people back to what diners used to be with great service, good food, and hospitality,” he says. “A clean restaurant, good service, and good food. Those are the three things that we really emphasize, and I think that’s why Freddy’s has seen the success that it has.”
So far, Greenwood residents have really been receptive to the Freddy’s formula too.
“Greenwood has welcomed this concept very well,” King adds. “It definitely has done better than I thought it would starting out, and the response back from guests has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s going really well so far.”
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is located at 5235 Noggle Way, or you can visit them online at FreddysUSA.com and give them a call at 317-851-9985.