Actual Factual Gwinnett: Yes, Gwinnett's getting its first Cook Out

This is "Actual Factual Gwinnett," a regular column in which Tyler Estep answers reader questions about Gwinnett happenings and history. Read previous editions — like this one sharing what movie they were filming at Bethesda Park — by clicking the hyperlinks at the bottom of this column, where you'll also find information for submitting your own questions. Enjoy!

Who's ready for some greasy goodness?

Reader Amber writes, in part: "I've heard Cook Out is coming to Snellville. Do you have an estimated date on when the construction will start on that?"

Good news and bad news, Ambo.

The good news: Yes, Cook Out — the love-to-gorge-and-have-your-belly-hate-you-later fast food burger chain where you can get chicken nuggets and/or quesadillas as SIDES — is indeed coming to Snellville. To be exact, it's coming to 2019 Scenic Highway, just a few steps away from its intersection with Dogwood Road on the former site of a BB&T bank branch.

This is what that bank branch looked like when they tore it down earlier this year:

It appears the new Cook Out will be the first in Gwinnett County — and a TACO BELL will be built alongside it.

So, all that sounds pretty good...what's the bad news? The construction (and opening) schedule is a mystery!

The old building has already come down (obviously), and the new restaurant has already been listed as "coming soon" on the Cook Out website, but restaurant officials are playing a possible opening date close to the vest.

As in, they're not releasing one at all. Even a vague one. Believe me. I tried.

Disappointing, I know... but I guess you can always revel in the mere fact that deliciousness is on the horizon. And that a Cracker Barrel, a Zaxby's, a Freddy's and a Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q are, too.

And if that doesn't whet your appetite enough, check out The AJC's brand spanking new Gwinnett dining guide — where, among other things, you can check out a list of 19 restaurants you have to try, a round-up of cheap ethnic eats and a heat map showing restaurants that have recently opened or are opening soon.

Cook Out is not included on the latter, but I promise you, Amber — it's coming. IT'S COMING!

I, Tyler Estep, am a staff writer with the AJC and a Gwinnett County native. To submit “Actual Factual Gwinnett” questions, contact me at, @ByTylerEstep on Twitter or via the form below.