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"I love wings."

Greg Meisenhelter must love the game-time delicacy quite a bit to open a shop dedicated almost solely to the finger food.

And apparently, he's not the only one. There's been little advertisement of Wing Zone, tucked away in Gabriel Brothers Plaza, near the corner of Haines Road and Mount Rose Avenue in Springettsbury Township, but just this Monday, lunch business was booming.

"We've been open a week and already had people who've stopped in here three or four times," he said Monday.

Meisenhelter said because there's few businesses in the area dedicated to buffalo wings, he's had a good start. That college basketball has been winding down and professional baseball has been just starting didn't hurt his opening either.

"Wings are just a great finger food that goes well with the game and a beer," he said.

The business has 25 wing-sauce flavors varying from a mild Teriyaki to the hottest on their heat index, Nuclear Sauce. His current favorite, Garlic Parmesan, sits right in the middle of the index.

Meisenhelter -- who co-owns the local franchise with his wife Rhonda Waterhouse -- started to look into owning his own restaurant a couple years back. He managed operations at the Olive Garden and Friday's before deciding to search for a wings franchise to open.

He settled on the Atlanta-based Wing Zone after one visit to their next closest location in State College.

"I wanted a franchise that had wings with some meat on them and lots of flavors," Meisenhelter said. "I instantly fell in love with Wing Zone."

He's confident the new wing shop will thrive in a community he believes is saturated with pizza and Chinese food.

"This is something a little different, and I'd say from what we've seen so far we're going to do just fine here," Meisenhelter said.



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