Restaurant to Bring Approximately 120 Full- and Part-Time Jobs to Community

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (March 28, 2022) – A new Chick-fil-A® restaurant is slated to open for business in Youngstown on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Chick-fil-A, Inc. has selected Jared Szari as the independent franchised Owner/Operator of Chick-fil-A Austintown. Szari will be responsible for all day-to-day activities of the business, including employing approximately 120 full- and part-time Team Members, cultivating relationships with local organizations and neighboring businesses, and serving guests. Chick-fil-A Austintown is located at 5647 Mahoning Ave., at the site of the former Mashorda’s County Gardens, and will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Chick-fil-A remains committed to serving guests safely. Chick-fil-A Austintown will open for dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out service, as well as third-party delivery. Guests can take advantage of contactless ordering and payment through the free Chick-fil-A® App or through online ordering. To learn more about Chick-fil-A’s safety protocols, please visit the COVID-19 response page.

In place of the traditional Chick-fil-A First 100® Grand Opening celebration, Chick-fil-A Austintown will be surprising 100 local heroes making an impact in Youngstown with free Chick-fil-A for a year. Additionally, in honor of the new restaurant opening, Chick-fil-A will donate $25,000 to Feeding America. The funds will be distributed to partners within the greater Mahoning County area to aid in the fight against hunger. Chick-fil-A Austintown will also implement the Shared TableTM program, which will donate surplus food to the Rescue Mission of the Mahoning Valley to feed those in need.

Locally Owned and Operated

Chick-fil-A Austintown is locally owned and operated by Jared Szari. A Mahoning County native, Szari began his career with Chick-fil-A as a Team Member in 2004. During his college years at Malone University, he continued to work at Chick-fil-A restaurants in Ohio, eventually transitioning to management and director roles following his graduation in 2011. After learning the ins and outs of the Chick-fil-A business in the Leadership Development Program, Szari’s dream became a reality when he was selected to become the Operator of Chick-fil-A Austintown. With 17 years of Chick-fil-A experience, Szari looks forward to serving the Youngstown community great-tasting food with Chick-fil-A’s signature hospitality.

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to create positive experiences for my Team Members and go the extra mile to serve our guests,” said Szari. “I am passionate about developing caring leaders with a strong work ethic and being a bright light in our communities.”

Team Member Investment

Chick-fil-A franchised Operators are committed to hiring, developing and retaining top talent, and providing a positive work environment for people of all ages and backgrounds. They also offer their Team Members opportunities for flexible work hours and leadership growth, competitive pay and benefits, hands-on training and mentoring, and the chance to apply for scholarships to support their continuing education.

Quality Ingredients; Delicious Food

Chick-fil-A focuses on serving customers great-tasting food made with high quality ingredients. The produce used in recipes is delivered to kitchens up to six times a week. Salads are made with whole fruits and vegetables that are chopped and prepared fresh throughout the day. Chick-fil-A Lemonade is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water.

Breaded chicken is pressure cooked in 100%, fully refined peanut oil and all U.S. Chick-fil-A restaurants now serve chicken raised with No Antibiotics Ever, starting from the egg. By not allowing antibiotics of any kind, Chick-fil-A chicken meets the highest commitment for non-antibiotic use. For more information about the Chick-fil-A No Antibiotics Ever commitment, visit

Commitment to Customer Service

With a longstanding tradition in the restaurant industry for setting high standards in customer service, Chick-fil-A earned recognition for providing the "best fast food customer service in America" according to America's Best Customer Service 2020 report by Newsweek, among other honors.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the Brand’s food, people and customers across the country, visit For the latest news and updates on Chick-fil-A Austintown, visit the Chick-fil-A Austintown Facebook.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a restaurant company known for the Original Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich and signature hospitality. Represented by more than 170,000 Team Members, Operators and staff nationwide, Chick-fil-A® restaurants serve guests freshly prepared food at more than 2,700 restaurants in 47 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Canada. The family-owned and privately held restaurant company was founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy and is committed to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate.   

Known for its leadership and growth opportunities, in 2022 Chick-fil-A was named a Best Employer in America by Forbes and was named by Glassdoor as a top company for career opportunities for Black employees. The company was also awarded the Employee’s Choice by Glassdoor honoring top CEOs and was named a Culture 500 Culture Champion in 2020. A leader in customer service, Chick-fil-A was named QSR magazine’s Drive-Thru Restaurant of the Year for 2021. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at and via @ChickfilANews.

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