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Jacksonville, FL, United States, 2005/11/07 - Steve Fortunato may have stopped flying P-3s in 1998, but his love for aviation has extended into his professional life. Fortunato is a multi-store operator for Wingstop, a nostalgic, aviation-themed chicken-wing restaurant..
Fortunato is a multi-store operator for Wingstop, a nostalgic, aviation-themed chicken-wing restaurant, and opened a Jacksonville location in the Highland Square Shopping Center at 1010 Dunn Ave., Suite 900-02 (behind Blockbuster) on Sept. 7.
“I have a lot of history in Jacksonville,” said Fortunato. “I was stationed here while flying P-3s for the Navy and it’s great to be back. Jacksonville is experiencing tremendous growth right now, especially in the Northeast corridor, making now a great time to open a Wingstop.”
Steve Fortunato and business partner, Kevin Hodes, also own Wingstops in Asheville and Charlotte, N.C.
“We’re excited about this location. Our customers have been coming back frequently and raving about the freshness of our wings and unique sauces,” said Fortunato.
The Jacksonville Wingstop is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight. Orders can be phoned in at (904) 757-8700.
Wingstop offers restaurants with a nostalgic, aviation-themed atmosphere where the sole focus is on chicken wings. The chain features nine proprietary wing flavors, including Original Hot, Cajun, Atomic, Mild, Teriyaki, Lemon Pepper, Hawaiian, Garlic Parmesan and our brand new Hickory Smoked BBQ. The wings are always made-to-order and served steaming hot. Customers 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 400 restaurants either open or under development in 25 states and consistently tops industry growth rankings. In 2004, Wingstop was ranked the number one chicken wing chain by Entrepreneur magazine and number four in Restaurants & Institutions’ Top 400 Sales-Growth Leaders (the only wing chain in the top ten). In July 2005, Wingstop ranked number 13 in Restaurant Business’ Top 50 Growth Chains (ranked by percentage increase in units) and was named Festival Favorite restaurant at the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Troy Aikman, former Dallas Cowboy and three-time Super Bowl champion, signed on as the chain’s national spokesman in 2003.