Valdosta Daily Times

June 16, 2013

Wild Wing Cafe coming to Valdosta

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Wild Wing Cafe, a family-oriented restaurant with live, late-night entertainment, is going to build a new location in Valdosta. But they’re not sure where yet.

David Leonardo, the chief development officer for the company, said they are looking at a number of real-estate options in Valdosta, but more importantly, they are looking for a quality franchisee.

“We really like the Valdosta market, especially with VSU there because we like opening in college towns,” he said.

Currently, Wild Wing has several locations in Georgia, including Macon and Savannah, and one in Statesboro will be opening soon.

Leonardo said one of their priorities is locating “the right partner who understands the restaurant business.”

Once a local franchisee can be found, the location and other details will fall into place, he said.

“We need someone who is a community steward; who understands our concept and can work with us to hopefully open multiple stores in several locations.”

Leonardo said the company is on a fast growth track and intends to open 100 locations during the next five years.

The restaurants typically employ 60 to 80, and Leonardo said Wild Wing Cafe differs from other, similar brands in that they concentrate more on the food. You can view one of their menus online at www.wildwingcafe.com, and Leonardo said they believe in fresh vs. frozen and do their best to offer a variety.

While the daytime is devoted to families, Leonardo said late nights, they typically have trivia nights, karaoke and other entertainment, including live bands.

Leonardo said if anyone is interested in partnering with the company, the contact information is on the company website and they’ve been in town talking with some folks already. But Wild Wing Cafe is definitely coming to Valdosta.