Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks, founded by Derrick Hayes, is crossing state lines.

The restaurant, which was born from Hayes’ interest in cooking while in the kitchen with his grandfather, notes Forbes, has scaled from a 700-square-foot gas station in Dunwoody, GA, to multiple locations across Atlanta, GA, including the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In 2023, Hayes’ had cemented a deal that pivoted the business to a franchise model allowing the restaurant to further capitalize off its success. By doing so, 10 restaurants are already set to form across central Florida as former PepsiCo executive Derek Lewis signed a franchise agreement with Hayes in January 2024, as AFROTECH™ previously reported.

Now, Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks is poised for even further growth in light of its newest establishment opening at 8552 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28213, its first out-of-state location, according to a press release provided to AFROTECH™.

“From a humble gas station start to expanding across state lines, the journey of Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks has been nothing short of extraordinary,” Hayes expressed, according to the news release. “As we open our first out-of-state location in Queen City (Charlotte’s nickname), I’m filled with a sense of disbelief and immense pride. This milestone is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and unwavering belief that has propelled us forward. The road ahead is paved with endless possibilities, and I’m excited to continue writing the next chapter of our story.”

With Big Dave’s Cheesesteaks breaking ground in the city, this will lead to 30 new jobs for locals. To commemorate the business, a grand opening for the newest location was held on May 11, and more than 500 individuals were in attendance.

Among the guests included community leaders Councilwoman Reneé Perkins Johnson and Councilman Malcolm Graham, with both delivering speeches underscoring the importance of supporting local businesses, the press release states. Also in attendance were Brehanna Daniels, recognized as the first African-American woman in a NASCAR Cup Series pit crew, and comedian Shuler King, among others.

For those looking to support the establishment, it will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.