Apopka Police, Fire Departments, and City Council attend grand opening
Hurricane Grill & Wings, a beach-themed full-service restaurant, celebrated the opening of its newest restaurant in Apopka on Saturday. The restaurant opened its doors on July 3rd at the Wekiva Riverwalk shopping center at the corner of 436 and South Wekiwa Springs Road.
Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and City Commissioners Doug Bankson, Kyle Becker, and Diane Velazquez attended the ceremony, along with Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley, and Assistant Fire Chief Brian Bowman, and members of the APD, and AFD.
There was live music, a ribbon-cutting ceremony sponsored by the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Wing Eating Contest between Apopka Police and Apopka Fire Departments in which the APD prevailed.
Prize giveaways included Free Wings For A Year, Kona Beach Cruiser, and donations to the Apopka Police Department and the HOPE CommUnity Center.
The island-inspired restaurant is 3,500 square feet and features a large outdoor patio and inside/outside bar. Hours of operation will be: Sunday to Thursday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Friday to Saturday 11:00 am to 12:00 am. About 50 employees will work at the location and report to General Manager Brian Kopp. Hurricane Grill & Wings Apopka is a franchise location owned by Mikey and Diana Joseph. The Apopka location is the first of several locations the couple plan to open in the Orlando market. The Josephs are experienced restaurateurs in the United States and Trinidad.
“Hurricane Grill & Wings is proud to call Florida home, and thrilled Floridians have embraced the brand and our 39 locations throughout the state,” said John Metz, Chairman & CEO of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “We know our guests in Apopka will make our latest location a success as we provide our home state fans with even more opportunities to indulge in delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere.”
With more than 62 restaurants located across the United 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 wings, tacos, burgers, and seafood. The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Fort Pierce, Fla., in 1995 and has expanded to locations in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, and Texas, with over 50 restaurants currently under development. For more information, visit www.hurricanewings.com.