Hurricane Grill & Wings Celebrates It’s Platinum Anniversary

July 6, 2015

Hurricane Grill & Wings Celebrates It's Platinum Anniversary

Tropical-Themed Casual Dining Franchise Commemorates 20 Years in Business

Hurricane Grill & Wings Celebrates It's Platinum AnniversaryWest Palm Beach, FL  (  Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a full-service, island-inspired restaurant franchise that first opened its doors in 1995 in Fort Pierce, Fla. that has since grown to more than 73 locations open to date, is celebrating its Platinum Anniversary. To commemorate the momentous occasion, the concept is saying thank you to all its loyal fans by offering the gift of Hang 20 to their guests throughout the entire month of July.

Hurricane Grill & Wings Hang 20 celebration features the following savings that will run weekly for the duration of the month:

  • July 6-12: 20% off check (dine-in only with a minimum purchase of $25)
  • July 1319: Free appetizer with the purchase of 2 entrees (excluding The Perfect Storm)
  • July 2026: 20 wing platter for $20 (dine-in only with purchase of a beverage)
  • July 2731: $5 off $20 (excluding National Chicken Wing Day)

In addition to the Hang 20 promotion, Hurricane Grill & Wings will bring back its famed National Chicken Wing Day offer on Wednesday, July 29 of All You Can Eat Wings for just $12.99.

Hurricane Grill & Wings wants to celebrate our anniversary by providing savings to our loyal guests, both new and old,” said Martin O’Dowd, President of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “With more than 80 locations open or under construction, Hurricane Grill & Wings has come a long way since its inception in 1995, and we look forward to our growth over the next 20 years.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings plans to open nine additional restaurants by the end of 2015 and has over 120 new restaurants in their development pipeline. The concept has recently signed several experienced restaurant operators to new development agreements and still has prime markets available for growth.

For Franchising Opportunities contact Kevin Kruse at (609) 731 – 2485.




July 2, 2015



Hurricane Grill & Wings Continues Nationwide Expansion

Tropical-Themed Casual Dining Franchise To Operate 80 Units In 2015

Hurricane Grill & Wings Continues Nationwide ExpansionWest Palm Beach, FL  (Restaurant News Release)  Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a tropical-themed casual-dining restaurant franchise known for its fresh, jumbo wings and more than 35 flavors of signature sauces and rubs, announced today its growth plans for the second half of 2015.

Hurricane Grill & Wings will end the second quarter having opened three new locations during the month of June in Florida, Iowa and Maryland, bringing the total number of operating restaurants to 72. Currently operating in 13 states, the brand will also open nine additional locations in the third and fourth quarter in both existing markets as well as new markets that include Louisiana, Oklahoma and California. From Hurricane Grill & Wings’ continued success and steady growth rate, the concept will operate 80 units nationwide by the conclusion of 2015, and over 100 units by the end of 2016.

Hurricane Grill & Wings is becoming a top contender in the casual-dining industry as we expand our brand to new markets,” said Martin O’Dowd, president of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “We are committed to bringing exciting flavors and a one-of-a-kind dining experience to as many guests as possible nationwide.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Opens Second Maryland Location

June 10, 2015

June 09, 2015 // // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired full-service restaurant franchise continues its nationwide expansion with a new location in Maryland. The family-friendly restaurant invites Laurel residents to escape to a tropical paradise and Live with Flavor® where they can choose from a variety of sizzling wings, fresh salads and a wide range of mouth-watering entrees.

Franchisee Lester Pollitt comes to Hurricane Grill & Wings with several years of experience in the franchise industry, having previously served as Divisional Vice President for DavCo Corporation, a Wendy’s franchise group that operates more than 150 restaurants. He has plans to open an additional 3 stores in the Maryland market in the coming years.

“After deciding I wanted to re-enter the workforce two years into retirement, I conducted extensive research on a number of concepts,” said franchisee Lester Pollitt. “I ultimately selected Hurricane Grill & Wings for its expansive menu and strong corporate support system.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for its more than 35 signature flavors of award-winning, never frozen fresh jumbo wings. Flavors range from traditional buffalo sauces to an array of unique options that include Roasted Garlic Interno, Jamaican Jerk and Chipotle Raspberry BBQ and can range in heat intensity from Calm Seas to Evacuation Route. Additionally, guests can customize their own burgers using the new Build-A-Burger menu feature, including a variety of savory toppings and delicious flavors. The location will also offer entrees such as seafood, salads and sandwiches which can be paired with sides like Garlic N’ Parm Fries, Caribbean Yellow Rice and Fresh Cilantro Tomatoes.

Hurricane Grill & Wings new Laurel location features an indoor dining room that seats up to 150 people and an outdoor patio that seats a total of 50. Guests are also able to choose from locally crafted beers that include Jailbreak’s Feed the Monkey, Heavy Seas’ Smooth Sail and Flying Dog’s Bloodline.

“We are honored to have Lester as our newest franchise partner,” said Martin O’Dowd, President of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “Lester’s experience and dedication to the restaurant franchise industry makes him an excellent fit for the Hurricane Grill & Wings family, and we look forward to his success in the Laurel community.”

Small Business Owner Secures Franchise Acquisition Financing via BoeFly

June 3, 2015

PRLog – June 3, 2015 – ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. — BoeFly, the business loan marketplace for small business borrowers, announced today that Dawn Swineford has secured a franchise acquisition loan from Stearns Bank through a connection made by BoeFly.

“BoeFly was created to ensure business owners, like Dawn, are not hindered by lack of access to capital when acquiring a business,” said Mike Rozman, CEO of BoeFly. “Dawn had a unique opportunity to purchase an existing unit from the franchisor, and though she was in Ohio and the target franchise location was in Florida, BoeFly allowed her to efficiently and effectively connect with a national lender out of Minnesota who she likely would have never met without BoeFly.”

Dawn, a proven entrepreneur with strong small business ownership experience, was intent on seizing the opportunity to purchase a corporate-owned location at a favorable acquisition price but thought that getting the necessary funding quickly could be a challenge. Enter BoeFly, which dramatically simplified the loan process. Through BoeFly, Hurricane Grill & Wings offers franchisees access to several thousand lenders with the completion of a single loan request for faster start-up periods and better financing opportunities.

“When the opportunity to purchase a Hurricane Grill & Wings franchise in Royal Palm Beach arose I knew instantly that if I could get the acquisition funding I needed I would jump at the opportunity,” said Dawn. “My dedicated loan specialist at BoeFly made the financing process simple and stress-free.”

Through BoeFly’s marketplace, Dawn connected with Jeremy Goltz, an SBA lender from Stearns Bank, who provided Dawn with an SBA loan in order to purchase the Florida franchise.

“I’m thrilled to have met and helped Dawn secure the financing she needs to purchase this franchise,” said Jeremy Goltz, Assistant VP at Stearns Bank. “We have designed our FASTTrack small business lending program to provide same-day approval and expedited closings, and through BoeFly we have the opportunity to connect with a large variety of worthy borrowers like Dawn who are looking to start, grow and/or purchase a franchise.”

Florida-based Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for its jumbo, fresh wings, more than 35 signature sauces and rubs and tropical, laid-back vibe. It has been named by USA Today as one of the “10 Great Places to Wing It,” selected by Restaurant Business as one of the “Future 50,” and identified by Franchise Times as one of the “Top 40 Fast and Serious” franchise brands.

“We feel that access to financing does not need to be the challenge it once was, especially now that our partnership with BoeFly makes the loan process straightforward, efficient and effective for both our prospective and current franchisees,” said John Metz, Chairman and CEO of Hurricane Grill & Wings.

About BoeFly

BoeFly is the industry’s only on-line matching platform connecting small business borrowers with multiple lenders from among its more than 5,000 participating banks and specialty finance companies. By using BoeFly’s proprietary matching technology, borrowers have a greater probability of obtaining a small business loan with favorable rates and terms. Lenders benefit by being presented with only those loan requests that fit their lending profile, dramatically lowering their cost and time of origination.

BoeFly is a strategic ally of the International Franchise Association, with the objective being to expand credit access within the franchise community, and is the choice of more than 125 brands, including Dunkin’ Donuts, Carl’s Jr., and Kiddie Academy.

Founded in 2010 by small business owners and small business lending experts, BoeFly’s marketplace has accommodated over $4.2 billion in transactions. For more information, visit

About Hurricane Grill & Wings®

With over 80 restaurants open or under construction in 15 states, Florida-based Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for its jumbo, fresh wings, more than 35 signature sauces and rubs and tropical, laid-back vibe. Named by USA Today as one of “10 Great Places to Wing It,” selected as one of the “Future 50” by Restaurant Business and as one of Franchise Times “Top 40 Fast and Serious,” Hurricane Grill & Wings’ menu includes crave-able Hurricane’s Garlic & Parm fries, tasty salads, seafood entrees and fresh ½ pound burgers. The brand’s signature Hurricane Bumby tops the list of its tropical drinks menu, along with a wide selection of craft beers and wines. The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Fort Pierce, Fla., in 1995 and has expanded to locations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, with additional restaurants planned nationwide. For more information, visit or for franchising information, please visit

About Stearns Bank N.A.

Stearns Bank was founded in 1912, and Owner & CEO Norm Skalicky has led Stearns since 1964. Stearns Bank N.A. is a $1.9 billion top-ranked financial holding company based in Minnesota and nationwide preferred SBA lender, with bank locations in Minnesota, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and a nationwide Equipment Finance Division. Stearns Bank ranks 1st in ICBA Independent Banker’s 2015 Best of the Best, based on Return on Average Assets among banks with $1 billion or more in assets nationwide. The registered trademark motto for Stearns is: “We get the job done!” For more information, visit

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Continues Its Florida Expansion In Bradenton

June 2, 2015

SAVE Franchising LogoJune 01, 2015 // // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired full-service restaurant franchise continues its home state expansion in the state of Florida with a new location in Bradenton. The family-friendly restaurant invites local residents to come in and Live with Flavor® where they can enjoy a variety of sizzling wings and fresh, crisp salads to satisfy any craving.

Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for its more than 35 signature flavors of award-winning, never frozen fresh jumbo wings. Flavors range from traditional buffalo sauces to an array of unique options that include Maple Pepper, Ancho Chile Lime and Raspberry and can range in heat intensity from Calm Seas to Evacuation Route. Additionally, guests can customize their own burgers using the new Build-A-Burger menu feature, including a variety of savory toppings and delicious flavors. The location will also offer entrees such as seafood, salads and sandwiches which can be paired with sides like Garlic N’ Parm Fries, Fresh Cilantro Tomatoes and Jumbo Onion Rings.

Hurricane Grill & Wings has rebranded the space that was formerly Lee Roy Selmon’s and features large screen televisions for sports viewing, an indoor dining room that seats up to 195, including 19 at the bar, as well as an outdoor patio that seats up to 34 people. Hurricane Grill & Wings has also retained a large majority of Lee Roy Selmon’s staff during the transition.

To commemorate its new location, Hurricane Grill & Wings will reward the first 100 customers in line on June 1st with free wings for an entire year! Additionally, the restaurant will offer a 2 for 1 Happy Hour daily featuring domestic drafts, well drinks and house wines taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to close.

“The city of Bradenton is surrounded by coastal waterways, as well as a vibrant culture of arts and sports,” said Martin O’Dowd, president of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “We are certain that Bradenton locals and visitors alike will enjoy spending time at Hurricane Grill & Wings with our fun, fresh, flavorful food and relaxing, laid-back atmosphere.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings is located at 6510 Cortez Road W, Bradenton, FL 34210 and is open Sunday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. For more information, please call (941) 216-3781 or visit Follow Hurricane Grill & Wings on Twitter at @hurricaneflavor and on Facebook at

For Franchising Opportunities contact Kevin Kruse at (609) 731 – 2485.

Do Your Homework Before You Open a Franchise Business — or, in This Case, Five

April 28, 2015


Franchise Players is Entrepreneur’s Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you’re a franchisee witih advice and tips to share, email

“If you carry entrepreneurial DNA, working a 9-to-5 job just isn’t an option,” Michael Dravo says, explaining his need to work for himself. In that context, he started with an HVAC franchise but has now moved into his “passion,” the food and beverage industry — specifically five Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurants in Florida and Alabama. Of course every franchise has its own unique pros and cons and problems, so Dravo made a point of carrying out some deep research, speaking with multiple franchisees and even restaurant guests to determine the lay of the land at Hurricane. “The decisions you make on the front end will heavily impact the long-term health of the business,” Dravo says he’s learned.

Name: Michael Dravo Michael Dravo

Franchise owned: Hurricane Grill & Wings (currently five locations across Florida and Alabama.)

How long have you owned a franchise? I first became a franchisee with a home services franchise called One Hour Air Conditioning and Heat in 2005. This was interesting because I did not know the first thing about HVAC, but had good business instincts, experience managing people and a fundamentally sound work ethic. This franchisor had an extremely strong training program, which gave me what I needed to grow a moderately successful HVAC business. This move set up the groundwork for me to follow my passion and explore the food and beverage industry. I was then able to join and open my first location of Hurricane Grill & Wings in 2007, with a second in 2008.

Related: Becoming a Breakfast Chain’s First Ever Franchisee

Why franchising? Leaving a secure job and opening a new business can be intimidating, not to mention a tough sell on a wife with newborn twins! But if you carry entrepreneurial DNA, working a 9-to-5 job just isn’t an option. Finding the right franchise that can guide you through the systems of an established brand makes success much more attainable, however not guaranteed. You must be prepared to sacrifice and put in the hours it takes to understand your business, and more

importantly the people that drive it. For Hurricane Grill & Wings, this means your employees and guests.

What were you doing before you became a franchise owner? I was working as an outside sales consultant.

How much would you estimate you spent before you were officially open for business? I paid $15,000 for each agreed-upon territory, with another $15,000 due upon opening our doors. With nine restaurant franchises under management, and five of them Hurricane Grill & Wings, we figured out how to get these built in 45 days. Most contractors require a deposit upon signing a contract, and that could be between 25 percent and 50 percent. You can plan on 25 percent of your total build-out coming out of your pocket prior to opening your doors.

For each of my Hurricane Grill & Wings locations, I have spent anywhere from $500,000 to $950,000 to open. We keep an eye out for second-generation spaces, which can dramatically reduce construction costs. If you can get a line of credit from your bank, it’s possible to open your doors without [funds] coming out of pocket for 60 days.

Where did you get most of your advice/do most of your research? I did basic reconnaissance and went to multiple franchisees and spoke with them. I also talked to guests while I was visiting the locations, as a patron, to get a feel of how the brand was perceived. Additionally, I asked the guests I spoke with what they liked most and why, and how many times a month they visited Hurricane Grill & Wings — surprisingly, the average answer was one to three times per week!. I also watched what the demographics were coming in and out of the restaurant and at what times.

Related: How This Franchisee Runs More Than 275 Restaurants

What were the most unexpected challenges of opening your franchise? The biggest challenge for me was having a lot of things I wanted to do inside my business, but having to stay within the lines laid down by the franchisor, which in the long run is what protects the brand’s identity.

What advice do you have for individuals who want to own their own franchise? Do your research! The decisions you make on the front end will heavily impact the long-term health of the business. Some of these decisions are:

  • Know your franchisor: Research your potential business partner, and realize that you are entering into a business partnership. Review [the franchisor’s] principles for making decisions and planning for the future of your business. Learn their background, and ask them what the five- and 10-year plans for the concept are. Additionally, find out if their goals, business motives and practices align with yours. The only way to do this is by asking a lot of questions!
  • Financing and build-out: It is important to understand thoroughly your financial obligations by asking yourself a number of questions: How long will you carry your debt service and what will that mean for cash flow? What is your expectation for ROI, and is it realistic? Last, what sales do you need to have a shot at hitting your expectations? Talk to established franchisees to find out if your expectations are possible.
  • Location and lease negotiation: Have a professional review your lease. Also, look at AUVs for the brand you are committed to and try to keep your occupancy expenses under 8 percent [for concepts similar to Hurricane Grill & Wings]. Make sure that you don’t get “sold” by a commercial realtor in regards to location. Do your research thoroughly and on the spot, and look at the demographics for some of the most successful locations in the brand and try to replicate or use as a comparison in your own search.
  • Build-out: Once construction starts, it can feel like a runaway train. Work with the franchisor and your architect heavily on the front end to ensure you have a solid construction plan, as change orders take a massive toll on budget. Additionally, budget 10 percent for a contingency fund for those last-minute construction snafus.

What is next for you and your business? My partner Bill Luebbert and I have plans to open 25 Hurricane Grill & Wings units over the next five years. We’ve opened two more locations over the last 12 months, with the most recent opening in February in Mobile, Alabama. As chief operating officer of our hospitality-management company, I will take charge of most of the 2015 building of infrastructure to ensure operations and profitability are in place for our next nine units. We will continue our plan to be a multi-brand hospitality-management company.

Long vacant TGI Friday’s has new tenant

April 7, 2015

THE DES MOINES REGISTER – The vacant TGI Friday’s restaurant in West Des Moines is getting a new tenant.

Hurricane Grill & Wings will open this summer, and developers hope it will spur activity in the sleepy retail center across the street from Valley West Mall.

Franchisee Darin Beck opened Hurricane Grill restaurants in Cedar Rapids and Waterloo within the last 18 months. The Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant chain has 70 locations in 15 states. Most are in Florida and along the East Coast.

The family-friendly restaurants feature chicken wings and a variety of seafood dishes.

Beck operates the Stuffed Olive, Voodoo Lounge and Joker’s bars in downtown Des Moines and restaurants and bars in Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Cedar Rapids. His Cedar Falls-based company is called Barmuda.

He said the interior of the former TGI Friday’s will be remodeled and the outside of the building will be overhauled. The restrooms are being revamped and the patio will be larger, he said.

He chose the retail center at the intersection of Westown Parkway and Valley West Drive because “the area is underserved” by restaurants, he said.

Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services in Clive bought the nearly 11-acre property a year ago for $4 million, according to the Polk County Assessor’s website. Last summer, the company removed the trees on the southern edge of the property bordering Interstate Highway 235.

“We were looking to breathe new life into that area and we cut the trees to increase the property’s visibility,” Ferguson vice president Aaron Hyde said.

Bringing in Hurricane Grill & Wings is the first piece of a redevelopment puzzle for the center, which was built in the early 1980s.

Ferguson is looking for new tenants for a vacant 7,200-square-foot former church building and for empty bays in a strip center that is 50 percent occupied right now. Three businesses — Fitness World, Meta Bank and Bank of America — will remain, Hyde said.

New retail and restaurants would be a good fit for the center, Hyde said. The developer could add another building to the property to meet a specific tenant’s needs, he said.

Improvements to the property and the addition of Hurricane Grill should draw new tenants, he said. “There is a great daytime population there. It’s a very busy area.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings Continues Solid Franchise Development

April 1, 2015

April 01, 2015 // // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, a casual-dining franchise known for its fresh, jumbo wings and more than 35 signature sauces and rubs, announced today its strong franchise growth over the past two quarters.

Hurricane Grill & Wings closed out 2014 with six new restaurant openings in the 4th quarter, and forecasts 15 new locations in 2015. To date, the concept has opened three new restaurants in Florida and one in Alabama. The restaurant franchise added several Development Agreements and existing multi-unit restaurant operators to its pipeline with franchise agreements in Virginia, Maryland and Iowa, as well as continued growth throughout the South.

“This is a very exciting time of rapid growth for Hurricane Grill & Wings,” said Kevin Kruse, chief development officer at Hurricane Grill & Wings. “Not only are our existing franchise partners expanding to operate additional locations, but seasoned multi-unit operators of other brands are recognizing Hurricane Grill & Wings strong unit economics and unique positioning in the industry.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings franchisees benefit from a flexible real estate platform, as well as the brand’s unrivaled corporate support from site selection, build-out, operations, marketing and training for both the franchisee and their employees.

Recognizing the brand’s strong growth, Entrepreneur named Hurricane Grill & Wings in its 2015 Franchise 500 list, which features the fastest-growing franchised companies. Additionally, Franchise Times has recognized the concept in its 2015 Fast and Serious List, making them one of the top 40 smartest-growing brands in the franchise industry. Restaurant Business also named Hurricane Grill & Wings as a Future 50 concept, ranking them as one of the fastest-growing small chains in the United States.

Hurricane Grill & Wings opens in Orlando near Lake Buena Vista

March 27, 2015

Hurricane Grill & Wings has opened a third Central Florida location in Orlando near Lake Buena Vista. The restaurant chain is known for its 35 signature wing flavors including maple pepper, ancho lime and raspberry. Heat intensity ranges from “Calm Seas” to “Evacuation Route” on menus. Other popular items include seafood, salads and burgers.

The restaurant features a 191-seat dining room and an outdoor patio that seats up to 45 people. The bar offers locally crafted brews with regional offerings such as Rolling Red Cage from Motorworks Brewing.

Hurricane Grill & Wings is located at 13520 Apoka-Vineland Road in Orlando.

Hurricane Grill & Wings® Signs Experienced Multi-Unit Operator to Develop Stores in Western Maryland

March 11, 2015

UnknownMarch 10, 2015 // // WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Hurricane Grill & Wings®, an island-inspired restaurant franchise famous for its fresh, jumbo wings and more than 35 original flavors, announced today the signing of a new development in Western Maryland.

Father and son team, Steve and Chris Girard have many years of experience in the service industry as they are already multi-unit franchisees of various food concepts in the region. The duo is already fast at work on their first Hurricane Grill & Wings location seeking real estate in Hagerstown, MD. When the Girards made the decision to open another franchise concept, they researched a number of restaurants and ultimately selected Hurricane Grill & Wings for its unparalled franchisee support system and fresh, innovative and flavorful product.

Hurricane Grill & Wings has a restaurant in Elkton, MD, and another under construction in Laurel under different ownership with a projected open date in April.

“The Hurricane Grill & Wings brand is on the move, and we are proud that Steve and Chris Girard want to be a part of this exciting time for the brand,” said Martin O’Dowd, president of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “Hurricane Grill & Wings is growing rapidly, and the Western Maryland market is an area that we’ve long targeted for franchised growth.”

“With our vast experience in the franchise industry as multi-unit franchisees for other restaurant concepts, we knew that Hurricane Grill & Wings would be the best brand to add to our portfolio for their superior product and core values,” said Chris Girard, franchisee of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “We look forward to inviting the Hagerstown community to Live with Flavor® at Hurricane Grill & Wings.”

Hurricane Grill & Wings franchisees benefit from a strong return on investment, as well as the brand’s unrivaled corporate support with real estate and site selection, build-out, operations, marketing and training for both the franchisee and their employees.

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