TAMPA – Ask yourself one question, and quite honestly: have you earned your wings?
Crawford Francis Ker, the former offensive linebacker for the Florida Gators, certainly hopes so.
That’s because Tuesday, July 29 marks a special day for Ker: it’s National Wing Day, which not surprisingly means the folks at his own WingHouse Bar & Grill restaurant chain plan to do their own special celebrating.
Ker, the CEO of the Largo-based franchise and alumni of the National Football League, plans to be offering deals on this special day to get as many customers as possible in a soaring wing mood.
National Chicken Wing Day is celebrated annually on July 29, devoted to highlighting the rich variety of chicken wings that are available – hot and spicy, mild, boneless, sticky sweet, served with blue cheese, celery sticks or plum sauce, and, as the sponsors of this day of celebration like to note, offering plenty of protein.
“Americans have been attesting to this fact, gobbling up wings by the boat-load with more than 27 billion eaten in 2013 and 1.23 billion wings consumed during Super Bowl weekend alone,” the National Chicken Wing website notes. “That’s over 100-million pounds of wings. To give you some idea of what that looks like picture the chicken wings laid out end to end — they’d circle the perimeter of the Earth not once but twice!”
As part of the celebration, all 24 locations of Ker’s WingHouse will be offering five free wings for every ten that get purchased. To tempt the customers even more succinctly, Ker plans to offer patrons some insider knowledge on how to create the perfect wing in their very own kitchen.
The founder and CEO of Ker’s WingHouse, Ker is a former American college and professional football player. For six seasons, he was a guard in the National Football League during the 1980s and early 1990s, and played college football for the University of Florida, then professionally for the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos of the NFL.
The first WingHouse opened in Largo in 1994, and now has more than 23 locations in Florida, including in Orlando, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs andSanford. These restaurants are known for several things, including their chicken wings and burgers, sports memorabilia — and Wing Girls.
WingHouse restaurants are open for lunch and dinner, and have a full-service bar with liquor cocktails and domestic, imported, and specialty beers. They are perhaps best known for their “Naked” Chicken Wings — skinless drummettes marinated, baked, and tossed in wing sauces, and their Dallas Burger. WingHouses have also become a popular place to watch football games or boxing matches on their large screen television sets, and are decorated in sports memorabilia – and, of course, for the Winghouse Girls who serve tables, tend bar, work as hostesses, and act as cheerleaders for the company.
Ker recently sold the chain of WingHouse chain to Third Lake Capital, a company based in Tampa that was formed roughly a year ago.
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