Palm Harbor Area Local Excited to Open Florida’s First Wings Etc. Grill & Pub on May 3

Ricardo Valdes, a Palm Harbor area resident, is bringing the first Wings Etc. Grill & Pub to Florida

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (April 28, 2022)— Since it was first announced in late 2019, Palm Harbor area resident and franchisee Ricardo Valdes said the Palm Harbor community has been excited to see the first Wings Etc. Grill & Pub franchise open in Florida. Soon, the community’s wait will be over. Wings Etc. Palm Harbor will open its doors at 11 a.m. on May 3 for its official grand opening.

“The community has been stopping in since day one to check on the progress of our Wings Etc.,” said Valdes. “They have been outstanding, and I’m excited to open and welcome them in.”

Valdes, a former Florida Highway Patrol Trooper and retired USPS worker, is new to the restaurant industry but said owning his own business has always been one of his goals.

“This has been a life goal,” said Valdes. “I always wanted to be a cop, and I did that. But, I have also always wanted to have my own business, and I’m going to do that too.”

One of his many objectives in owning a Wings Etc. is to find ways to give back. Valdes explained he’s already reached out to schools in the Pinellas County area to see how Wings can help. When guests enter Wings Etc. Palm Harbor, they will see the restaurant walls covered with local school memorabilia celebrating the accomplishments of Palm Harbor area teams.

Wings Etc. offers a casual dining experience with extensive menu offerings and features dozens of large HDTV’s—perfectly positioned for multiple-game viewing. The restaurant is a favorite among those in the Indiana area, as Valdes has come to find out.

“There is nothing like Wings Etc.,” said Valdes. “We often have people from Ohio and Indiana stop by, and they comment how they are thrilled to see a piece of home coming to Palm Harbor. This community is very excited, and we’re excited to offer a family-oriented sports bar experience.”

Wings Etc. Palm Harbor will celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. The restaurant is located at 3419 Alt 19, Palm Harbor, Florida.


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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