The City approved the permit for EWI Construction LLC to build Tim Tebow's PDQ restaurant at Beach and Hodges boulevards at a project cost of $1.1.milion.
The 3,987-square-foot, one-story building is being constructed at 3260 Hodges Blvd. in the Hodges Pointe Plaza.
The "People Dedicated to Quality" restaurant is a Tampa-based chicken sandwich chain. Its menu features chicken tenders along with chicken and turkey sandwiches, salads, sides and shakes.
As reported in May, the hometown quarterback's restaurant is planned next to Bob Evans restaurant in the shopping center.
Plans filed previously with the St. Johns River Water Management District were prepared for Calusa Asset Partners of Tampa.
TBO.com, the news site of the Tampa Tribune, reported April 28 that Tebow plans to open the PDQ restaurant in Jacksonville by late summer.
Tebow played at Nease High School, the University of Florida, the Denver Broncos and the New York Jets. The Jets cut him in April and the New England Patriots signed him in June.
The TBO.com site said Tebow is financially backing several North Florida locations of the chain. The site said Tebow's brother Robby helped craft the deal. Robby Tebow is president of XV Enterprises, which handles the off-field business activities for Tim.
TBO.com said PDQ doesn't technically franchise locations. Instead, investors privately back a new location and share in the proceeds while PDQ retains control of day-to-day operations.
TBO.com reported that several PDQ restaurants backed by Tebow could open in Gainesville, Ocala and the Jacksonville area, with others coming to Georgia.