October 05, 2011 // Franchising.com // RICHARDSON, Texas – America's best wings have landed in Memphis, thanks to platinum selling recording artist Rick Ross. Today, the Maybach Music Group CEO opened his first Wingstop restaurant at 7706 Winchester Road.
Wingstop and Rick Ross first appeared together on Ross' hit single "MC Hammer" where he rapped about his love of the chain's Lemon Pepper-flavored wings. Now, just over a year later, Ross has opened his own Wingstop.
"It's time for us to make it happen in Memphis," he said. "With Wingstop we are bringing in the food I like and adding jobs to the community. It's a double win."
Ross, who is currently preparing for the release of his fifth studio album, will work with an operating partner to run the restaurant. His first appearance at Wingstop Memphis will be in conjunction with a grand opening event Oct. 15 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. that will include a meet and greet session and a radio remote with WHRK-FM K97.
Wingstop Memphis is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. For carryout and call-ahead orders, contact 901-758-6201. More information is available at wingstop.com or facebook.com/wingstop.
With a sole focus on cooked-to-order chicken, the Wingstop menu features traditional and boneless wings, strips and the chain's newest offering – Glider sandwiches – all sauced and tossed in nine original flavors including Lemon Pepper and Garlic Parmesan. Homemade side dishes include fresh-cut fries with proprietary seasoning, Bourbon baked beans and potato salad.
Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Wingstop has more than 490 restaurants open across the United States and Mexico. The Wingstop menu features nine wing flavors including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. Wings are made fresh, cooked-to-order and customers can also choose from homemade side dishes including Wingstop's award winning fresh-cut seasoned fries. Wingstop has experienced eight consecutive years of positive sales increases, was named a Top 10 Best Franchise Deal by QSR magazine, was crowned Wing King at the National Buffalo Wing Festival and has been voted 'best wings' in markets across the country. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and Hall of Fame quarterback, has served as the chain's national spokesman since 2003 and recently joined the Wingstop Board of Directors. Wingstop was acquired in 2010 by Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm that specializes in business and consumer service companies with attractive growth prospects and revenues ranging from $20 million to $1.0 billion. For more information visit wingstop.com, wingstopfranchise.com or facebook.com/Wingstop.
Leah Templeton, BizCom Associates PR