Wings Etc. voted ‘Best Chicken Wings’ in Topeka for 2nd consecutive year

Topeka Capital-Journal’s readers vote Wings Etc. Topeka “Best Chicken Wings” again in 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (Oct. 7, 2021)— Results of the Topeka Capital-Journal’s annual “Best of the Best” readers’ choice awards were recently announced and—although Wings Etc. Grill & Pub in Topeka has only been open for 15 months—the locally-owned sports pub earned the title “Best Chicken Wings” for the second straight year.

Dave and Cara Clingenpeel, owners of Wings Etc. in Topeka, said their early and ongoing success is a testament to the quality of their namesake item.

“I think it’s the quality of our wings, the size, the crispiness, and our wing sauces and rubs that set us apart,” said Dave Clingenpeel. “When guests add all those things together, they seem to put us on top.”

Wings Etc. opened in Topeka in June 2020 and won their first Topeka Capital-Journal “Best Chicken Wings” award just a few months later. While there have been many challenges over the past year, Clingenpeel said that, from opening day, he and his team have worked hard to make a positive local impression and haven’t let pandemic and other complications diminish their efforts or enthusiasm.

“We’re only 15 months old in the Topeka area, and no one had heard of us before,” said Clingenpeel. “Last year when we won ‘Best Wings,’ we had only been open a couple of months. It’s exciting to know our fan base continues to enjoy our wings and support what we do. We are so grateful for our community and the support they give us, and we are thrilled to be their ‘Best Wing’ choice for the second straight year.”

Wings Etc. Topeka is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. They are located at 2139 SW Fairlawn Plaza Drive in Topeka, Kansas.

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, over 20 signature sauces and rubs, premium burgers, wraps, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, subs, 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 Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future Franchises,” has been named one of Franchise Gator’s “Top 100 Franchises” for several years, and was named a 2020 “Culture 100 Best of the Best” franchise by Franchise Business Review. In June 2021, Wings Etc. was named a “Top 200 Food Franchise” and a “Top 500 North American Franchise” by Entrepreneur Magazine. 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 $200,000 liquid cash investment, and $500,000 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 Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida.

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