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Restaurant Roundup: Local chicken chains stretching wings with new locations

Dallas Business Journal
Written by: Korri Kezar

Craving lemon pepper? Need to satisfy your Sriracha tooth? Two North Texas chicken wing chains are expanding in and outside of the region.

Wingbucket, which has locations in Dallas and Richardson, has opened a third location at Hillside Village, 305 W. FM 1382 in Cedar Hill. A fourth restaurant, to be located in Fort Worth, will also open this year.

In addition to wings, the concept serves up chicken tenders, pork ribs, sandwiches, salads, chicken and waffles, desserts and sides. Alcohol selections include 30 craft beer, and frozen mojitos, hurricanes and margaritas are available to-go.

Meanwhile, Wingstop (Nasdaq: WING), at 1,031 locations worldwide, is expanding its international footprint with an agreement to open 100 locations in the United Kingdom over the next 12 years.

Franchisee Lemon Pepper Holdings will work with the Dallas-based company to open the eateries, the first of which is expected to launch by year’s end.

“The European market represents a significant international growth opportunity for Wingstop and a meaningful next step on our path to becoming a top 10 restaurant brand, meeting both franchisee interest and consumer demand,” Larry Kruguer, Wingstop’s president of international, said in a prepared statement.

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