Wings Etc. Topeka Named 2021 Wing Fling ‘Twisted Wing King’ Champion

Wings Etc. Topeka mixes mild sauce and lime-pepper rub to win best ‘twisted’ wing at annual Wing Fling festival

TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 20, 2022)— Take Wings Etc.’s jumbo wings, add mild sauce, coat them in lime-pepper rub, and what do you get? As Wing Etc. Topeka franchisee Dave Clingenpeel found out, Topeka’s “Twisted Wing King” championship. The unique creation was recently crowned “king” at the annual Topeka Wing Fling.

“There wasn’t really a description on what the ‘Twisted Wing’ category meant,” said Clingenpeel. “Many of our team members enjoy taking our mild sauce and adding the lime-pepper rub. So we decided to enter the staff-made creation, and judges loved it.”

Topeka’s annual Wing Fling was recently held at the Stormont Vail Event Center, where hundreds of chicken wing fans gathered to enjoy the one-day festival celebrating hot wings, cold drinks, and friendly competition. Attendees had the opportunity to try as many wings as they wanted, and a panel of judges were on-hand to pick the best wing in each category. Both national and local wing brands were present.

Wings Etc. Topeka, now in their second year, is no stranger to chicken wing awards. The location has been named Topeka’s “Best Chicken Wings” according to readers of the Topeka Capital-Journal two years running.

Clingenpeel said he is grateful the community continues to show their love and support for Wings Etc.

“We love hearing the great feedback from the community about our wings and participating in these sorts of events,” Clingenpeel said. He invites guests to mix and match Wings Etc.’s many signature sauces and rubs and let the team know what the contender for might be for next year’s “Twisted Wing King.”

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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