Wings Etc. opens fourth Fort Wayne location at 8388 W. Illinois Rd. on Tuesday, November 28

Fort Wayne-based Wings Etc. celebrates the opening of the 8388 W. Illinois Road location with free wings for a year for its first 50 guests.

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— Wings Etc., Inc., franchisor of the Wings Etc. Grill & Pub sports bar brand, has announced the opening of its fourth Fort Wayne location at 8388 West Illinois Road, on Tuesday, November 28, at 11 a.m. The 4,500-square-foot, freestanding prototype features 50 TVs, family dining and full bar service inside, a covered 34-seat full-service heated exterior patio, and a drive-up window for guests who prefer to order online and pick up without leaving their vehicles.

To celebrate its Tuesday, November 28th opening day, the Wings Etc. Illinois Road location is offering a year’s worth of free wings to the first 50 dine-in guests (must be 18+).Available for dine-in, carryout and third-party delivery will be Wings Etc.’s award-winning menu lineup, including signature jumbo wings, 21 sauces and rubs, smashed flat-top burgers, fresh-made salads, wraps, appetizers, loaded nachos and more. Pub offerings include signature cocktails and over 40 beers in bottles or on tap. As is the case with all Wings Etc. locations, the new W. Illinois Road location will offer daily food and drink specials, and lunch specials Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Headquartered in Fort Wayne since 2005, Wings Etc., Inc., has grown to 80 total locations in 13 states. Its store operating company owns 25 of those locations—three of which are in Fort Wayne (Dupont Rd., Bluffton Rd., Maysville Rd.). The new 8388 West Illinois Road location will be its 26th.

“We’re excited to open our fourth company-owned Fort Wayne store,” said Rob Hensmann, CEO of Wings Etc., Inc. and Operating Partner for company-owned locations. “As people who live and work in Fort Wayne, we understand the value of adding a proven, family-friendly, laid-back sports bar in the community. We remain committed to providing ‘Good food, great times’ for our guests, and to partnering with community organizations to offer resources for worthy causes. We can’t wait to be open at West Illinois Road, and to welcome friends, old and new, to our great new pub.”

Doors open at 11 a.m. November 28 for the grand opening at Illinois Road, and the celebration continues with a live radio remote from WBYR-The Bear from 5 to 7 p.m. Wings Etc. will be offering exciting giveaways throughout the evening. 

Regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. 

About the Wings Etc. Grill & Pub Franchise Opportunity

Founded in 1994 by Jim Weaver in the South Bend, Indiana, area, Wings Etc. is a family-friendly grill and pub with a diverse menu featuring award-winning jumbo Buffalo wings, 18 signature sauces and rubs, premium burgers, wraps, chicken sandwiches, salads, appetizers, kids’ meals, over 40 domestic and craft beer selections in bottles and on tap, dozens of large HDTVs tuned to sports programming, and a casual, non-corporate-y, laid-back “vibe” that makes people want to just come in and hang out. In addition to its popular sports programming, menu, and beverage options, Wings Etc. offers weekday lunch and food specials, online ordering, and much more.

Franchising since 2004, Wings Etc. Grill & Pub has been named one of Franchise Business Review’s “Top Food Franchises” every year since 2020 and has been named one of Franchise Gator’s “Top 100 Franchises” six times since 2014. In 2022, Wings Etc. was named a “Top 200 Food Franchise” and a “Top Sports Bar/Pub” by Entrepreneur Magazine and was named a 2023 “Top 500 Franchise” by Nation’s Restaurant News. Wings Etc. continues to grow and succeed by partnering with franchise operators who share the Wings Etc. Vision, Mission and Values, a commitment to building a successful business while helping build stronger communities and people (and to having fun!).

Wings Etc. offers single and multi-unit franchise options. The initial franchise fee is $39,500, with a $350,000 liquid cash investment and $700,000 minimum net worth requirement for interested prospects. Wings Etc. offers one of the lowest startup costs and break-even franchise opportunities in the full-service restaurant segment. Priority growth markets include Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

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