A Fort Wayne, Indiana-based chain of sports bars is adding a restaurant in Springfield.
Wings Etc. is scheduled to take the place of the shuttered Bob Evans, 2651 N. Glenstone Ave., when it opens around July, a company representative said via Facebook Messenger.
The official, who was only identified as a Wings Etc. team member, did not name the franchisees involved with the store. The Springfield News-Leader was first to report Drew and Lisa Robertson are the franchisees. Attempts to reach the Robertsons were unsuccessful by deadline.
Wings Etc. operates more than 60 restaurants in 10 states, including the Show-Me State, where it has two locations in southeast Missouri, according to the company’s website.
“Since 1994, Wings Etc. has carved out an extraordinary brand position in its home market areas,” the company’s online franchise materials read. “In the past few years, we’ve been expanding into nearby markets and have successfully competed toe to toe with the big full-service chains, offering a more relaxed, fun, slightly irreverent sports bar experience.”
Missouri is named among the priority markets for franchising. Franchisees must invest at least $200,000 and pay a franchise fee of $39,500, royalties of 5 percent and an advertising contribution of 2 percent, according to WingsEtcFranchise.com.
Menu offerings include a variety of hot wings with 22 wing sauces, hamburgers, sandwiches and ribs. Beer is served on tap in “pints, schooners, pitchers and 100-ounce fuel tankers.”
It’s unclear when the Bob Evans restaurant closed on North Glenstone. Company officials could not be reached by deadline.
The building on 1.5 acres is owned by Drew Robertson’s Robertson Real Estate Investments LLC, according to Greene County assessor records. A Greene County recorder filing shows a December 2018 warranty deed between Robertson Real Estate Investments and an LLC connected with Bob Evans owner Golden Gate Capital.
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