INDUSTRY HEADLINES FSR //APRIL 12, 2016
Native Grill & Wings, an award-winning Arizona restaurant chain known for its 20-plus wing flavors that guests can order by the individual wing, is set to open its fourth location in Tucson on April 18.
The new store located at 10255 East Old Vail Road in Tucson is owned by franchise connoisseur Brad Williams. He also acquired part-ownership of the Native Grill & Wings franchise in fall 2015, and just recently opened his first location in Missoula, Montana.
“I am excited to continue bringing a staple brand like Native Grill & Wings to the people of Tucson,” Williams says. “We hope to see the city remain a hub for chicken wing lovers who have remained loyal to the Native name for decades.”
Williams is no rookie to the franchise industry, owning 15 Freddy’s Steakburgers and Frozen Custards locations with development rights for 50 more in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Arizona. His first Montana Native Grill & Wings location opened February 1, and he plans on opening between four and six more in the future.
Native Grill & Wings focuses on food and being family-friendly. The polished sports grill offers 20 wing flavors—from Strawberry Hot to Ancho Chile Lime, Asian Garlic to Honey Chipotle—that guests can order by the individual wing, as well as an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more. Most of the sauces and rubs can be used to customize other menu items.
The restaurants are divided into a bar and restaurant, with approximately 30 to 40 flat screen TVs throughout, offering sports coverage for families and serious fans, and a customer base spanning all generations—baby boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials.
“We’ve primarily followed the hub-and-spoke model of expansion, conquering our local market first, and then expanding into additional cities and states throughout the nation,” says CEO Dan Chaon. “We’re incredibly proud of the recognition and iconic status we’ve received in our own backyard over the past three decades and we hope to see the brand continue to grow more and more in Arizona.