Best Buddies FL is excited to partner with PDQ to spread a message of inclusion across the state.
Founded in 2011, award-winning PDQ – short for “People Dedicated to Quality” – offers chef-driven recipes and mindful ingredients typically found in a fine casual restaurant with the value, speed, and convenience of the fast food and fast-casual segment. Outback Steakhouse co-founder Bob Basham and MVP Holdings CEO Nick Reader are the two principal owners of PDQ. Beloved throughout the Southeast for its famous hand-breaded chicken tenders and signature sauces, PDQ also crafts delicious sandwiches, salads, and hand-spun milkshakes fresh in-store, every day.
PDQ is committed to creating deep roots in its local communities and has given millions in dollars and in-kind donations to charities, schools, and organizations since its inception. On October 30, 2011, the original PDQ restaurant opened its doors in Tampa (FL) and the concept now has 58 locations in Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
The partnership launched in 2021 with Best Buddies in Florida, and as a result, PDQ will host an in-store fundraising campaign in the Fall and will serve as a statewide sponsor for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk. They have also made a commitment to hiring Best Buddies Jobs participants throughout the State and have hired 5 Jobs participants to date.