Saturday, September 24 2022

There are few things as important in Jason McDowell’s life as family, faith and food.

McDowell, owner of several restaurants in Chapin, just added a sixth place to his growing list – Cash’s Chicken. The fast-casual restaurant, which serves dishes like chicken tenders, fries and croissants, opened Sept. 12 at 145 Chapin Rd. after years of planning.

“The concept really started in my head probably five years ago and it occurred to me to try to create a fast, fun, family-oriented service concept,” McDowell said.

McDowell signed the lease for the building in which the new restaurant operates just a month before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and ultimately suspended plans to open because of it.

McDowell owns several locations of JR’s Cash’s Grill and Bar, all restaurants he named after his three children – Jeff, Rhys and Cash – which are spread across the Midlands and have been renamed from the old J. Peter’s Bar and Grill which McDowell owned.

He set his sights on Chapin fast food over five years ago when he thought Chapin lacked quality fast food.

“The most important thing for me with the opening, from a business perspective, was to fill a need. We live here in Chapin, my family and I, and there just weren’t many fast food options,” McDowell said.

Cash’s Chicken has a rustic, patriotic feel — with murals commemorating the history of the United States adorning the walls. McDowell said the decision to focus on his country in the restaurant’s decor and ambiance was important to him.

The murals, which are inscribed with the phrase “United we stand, divided we fall” and feature American flags were designed by Bruce Clifton, a graphic designer at Bullseye Visuals in Chapin.

“He went back to his little workshop and did what he did, got creative and said ‘Hey, I’m ready to show you all this’ and he put it all on the counter and I’m not kidding no, I started crying…it’s all I could have dreamed of,” McDowell said of the murals.

Menu items range in price from $7.99 for a three tender combo to $49.99 for a family combo to feed six people. The restaurant is open every day of the week, except Sunday. McDowell said it’s one of his goals to open a fast-casual place that allows workers to have their Sundays off.

The restaurant is right next to Chapin Elementary School in an area that lacks a wide variety of fast casual offerings. McDowell hopes his restaurant will offer something new for the region.

Cash’s Chicken is located at 145 Chapin Road. and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Sundays.

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