Wings Digest

April 15, 2021

Ian Cook, Managing Editor

Wings continue to spread all throughout the United States! The first three articles in this week’s digest are proof of the expansion. Dickey’s, Capriotti’s, and Fazoli’s are each developing their new concepts. A couple of these authors even suggest that it’s the reason they were able to stay afloat during the pandemic. But what about the wing shortage? Restaurants are struggling to deliver the best wings they can in light of it. Is that a reason for these major chains to scale back?

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Issue #8

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Launches Virtual Smoked Chicken Concept Wing Boss

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has joined the growing number of restaurants to launch a virtual chicken wing brand, but the Dallas-based chain of around 460 units is using its expertise to offer smoked wings.


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Capriotti's, Wing Zone Sign Deals To Open 60 New Stores

In the three short months since Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop’s acquired Wing Zone, both brands have seen remarkable achievements – including ten signed franchise agreements for each brand which will bring a total of 30 new Capriotti’s shops and 30 Wing Zone locations to communities across the country.


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Fazoli’s Rolls Highly Anticipated Wings Systemwide

Fazoli’s fans can now indulge in craveable, crispy chicken wings at all of the brand’s locations across the country.


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Why Fazoli’s Is One of the Pandemic’s Restaurant Winners

Since the arrival of COVID-19, Fazoli’s has shattered numerous records. It’s to the point where “unprecedented” doesn’t do it justice any longer.


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Wingstop Is Not Just a Pandemic Phenomenon

The chain’s same-store sales rose 21% in the first quarter, completing a remarkable year. But its performance was improving long before quarantine, says RB's The Bottom Line.


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New Wing Franchise Coming to Atlanta with 5 Locations

Wing It On! a New England-based wing joint, is expanding with at least five locations in the pipeline.


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Wing Barn Confirms National Chicken Wing Shortage

It’s official, Wing Barn has confirmed a national chicken wing shortage, and they are asking the community for support.


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These 4 Beloved Foods Are Disappearing from Grocery Shelves, Experts Warn

In early February, analysts predicted that a massive chicken wing shortage was brewing, per Restaurant Business. Now, it's here.


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Wild Wing Cafe Headed to Charlotte University City

After expanding throughout the Southeast, Carolina’s own Wild Wing Cafe eatertainment chain is opening a home-grown location in Charlotte’s University City at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21.


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Chick N Max Wants To Rule the ‘Better Chicken Sandwich’ Segment

The first store opened in 2018, and the brand has since grown to three units across Wichita, Kansas. Examples of proprietary sandwiches include Chicken & Waffles to the Max, or crispy tenders on a toasted brioche bun with two sweet waffles, pepper jack cheese, bacon, and spicy sauce.


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Thomas Flaherty with Buffalo Wings & Rings

Thomas Flaherty, Chief Development Officer with Buffalo Wings & Rings, has spent much of his 30+ year professional career in the areas of law and franchising.


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Chicken Wing Restaurant Chain Orders Up New Sites Around the Capital

A chicken wing chain has announced plans to expand with seven new sites across London and beyond.


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Orange Buffalo Spreads Its Wings

Chicken wing brand The Orange Buffalo, which is being advised on expansion by the team behind Eggslut and The Halal Guys, has secured its fourth location in London, on Argyll Street in Soho.


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How 4 Restaurants Approach Marketing Virtual Brands

Dog Haus, Wow Bao and more share strategies for expanding the reach of online-only concepts.


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