Lafayette is getting its first location of Hardee’s, the fast-food chain known for its charbroiled burgers and other options that range from burritos and tacos to low-carb and gluten-sensitive items.

hardees2The restaurant is well under way at 108 E. Kaliste Saloom Road, next to Pizzeria Venti (across from Best Suites). Hardee’s has a pretty extensive breakfast menu as well.

And how cool is this? Hardee’s website allows you to create your meal and get fast nutritional facts so you know exactly what you’re eating.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., the chain is owned by CKE Restaurants and has more than 1,600 corporate and franchised locations, primarily in the South and Midwest states. It has existing Louisiana locations in New Iberia, Iowa and Bogalusa.

Along with its sister concept Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s is the fifth largest fast-food restaurant chain in the country, coming in after Subway, McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.

A Hardee's spokeswoman says the restaurant, a franchised store owned by Lafayette businessman Seenu Kasturi's HNI LLC, is expected to open July 1. HNI also owns and operates the location in New Iberia on 101 E. Admiral Doyle.

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