Wingstop Franchise opens first Hayward restaurant

NFL veteran player Ron Stone to own and operate Wingstop’s newest location in Hayward, Calif.
Wingstop is well known for its cooked-to-order wings and ties with pro football, as three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Famer Troy Aikman serves as the chain’s spokesman. The company’s connection with both expanded when a new location owned by 13-year NFL veteran Ron Stone opened in Hayward, Calif. on May 25.

A three-time pro-bowl guard, Stone and his wife, Roxanne, will conduct the day-to-day operations of the fast-growing chicken wing franchise. Stone played the previous two seasons in Oakland, and was eager to open a business in the area. The Hayward location is the Stone’s first franchise in the area, with plans to open more in the works.

“I enjoy playing here because the fans are very passionate and expect a lot out of their team,” said Stone. “I’m going to bring my on-field work ethic to Wingstop, and that should translate to a great, long-lasting relationship with the community.”

The new Wingstop is located in the Circuit City Plaza at 2488 Whipple Road (Whipple exit off of I-880). The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. To contact the new Wingstop or to place take out orders, call (510) 441-7867.

Wingstop’s signature bone-in chicken wings and boneless wings are prepared fresh and are available in nine proprietary flavors. Both types of wings are made-to-order and there are no heat lamps, microwaves or holding bins in the store. Side dishes are made from scratch and prepared daily in each location. Party platters are available for catered events such as office parties, family gatherings and sporting events.

Wingstop offers restaurants with a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere where the sole focus is on chicken wings. The chain now serves boneless wings that are made from 100 percent all-white meat chicken breast coated with a proprietary batter and breading. Wingstop features nine wing flavors, including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan, and Hickory Smoked BBQ. The wings are always made-to-order and served steaming hot. Customers can also choose from homemade side dishes: fresh-cut seasoned fries, bourbon baked beans, pearl potato salad, creamy cole slaw, vegetable sticks, rolls and assorted dipping sauces.

Wingstop has more than 550 restaurants either open or under development in 25 states and consistently tops industry growth rankings. Wingstop was chosen Festival Favorite Restaurant at the 2005 National Buffalo Wing Festival and their Cajun sauce took first place honors for the Best Creative Spicy Sauce in the festival’s blind taste test. In July 2005, Wingstop ranked number 13 in Restaurant Business’ Top 50 Growth Chains (ranked by percentage increase in units) and was ranked the number one chicken wing chain by Entrepreneur magazine in 2005. Troy Aikman, three-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Hall of Fame inductee, signed on as the chain’s national spokesman in 2003.

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