Wings Etc. Topeka named “Best Wings’ for 3rd straight year by Topeka Capital-Journal voters

Wings Etc. Topeka has won the Topeka Capital-Journal’s Reader’s Choice category for “Best Chicken Wings” every year since opening in 2020.

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 30, 2022)—For the third consecutive year, the citizens of Topeka have chosen Wings Etc. as their favorite spot to eat chicken wings. Results of the Topeka Capital-Journal’s annual “Best of the Best” Readers’ Choice Awards were recently announced with Wings Etc. securing the top spot for “Best Chicken Wings” against some formidable contenders. Local resident and Wings Etc. Topeka owner Dave Clingenpeel explained that the award is made more exceptional by the fact that the Wings location has won every year since it opened.

“We opened in 2020 during a pandemic. It was an uncertain time, so to have won immediately after opening and to keep winning the title year after year is very special,” said Clingenpeel. “We are very thankful for this community and the support they have shown us.”

Dave and Cara Clingenpeel opened their Wings Etc. Grill & Pub in June 2020 and won their first Topeka Capital-Journal “Best Chicken Wings” award just a few months later. Dave said he believes the ongoing success and continued community support is thanks to the quality of the local restaurant’s food and service.

“We have really delicious wings with great flavors,” said Clingenpeel. “People love the crispiness and the size of the wings, and they also love our sauces, which are very unique. The sauces provide something different than what other places offer.”

Wings Etc. Topeka’s sauces are so well loved that a mix of two popular sauces—mild sauce and lime-pepper rub—earned them the title of “Twisted Wing King” in the 2021 Topeka Wing Fling last December.

Like every year, voting for the Reader’s Choice awards was open to the public. Clingenpeel noted that the votes for Wings Etc. were thanks to the Topeka community and guests who love the restaurant.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the people of Topeka who continue to show their support,” he said. “We win year after year thanks to them, and we’re honored to have earned this title for the third year in a row.”

Wings Etc. Topeka, located at 2139 SW Fairlawn Plaza Drive in 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.

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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