An Atlanta entrepreneur recently moved to Chattanooga and opened a new wings restaurant.
Andrew Kim said he and his business partner opened Wings Town, which is located at 1805 E. 23rd St., at the beginning of the month.
The new 2,000-square-foot fast-casual restaurant employs about eight people from the surrounding community.
Patrons can get wings in 20 different flavors, or they can combine flavors. They can also customize any other menu items, which include chicken, fish and shrimp.
“We are just here to create a new flavor profile for Chattanooga,” he said. “[We’d like to] add a little flavor here so we can create a more three-dimensional flavor profile.”
Other items such as a Philly sandwich and cheeseburgers are available, and Kim said he thinks the restaurant stands out from the fast food chains on the street. The response to the new business so far has been positive, he said.
“We’ve been trying to get everyone satisfied and I feel like we’ve done our job,” he said.
Being involved in the community is also an important part of the self-funded business.
Kim, who said he’s also worked in the entertainment business, would like to work with local artists, possibly shooting music videos at the eatery.
“I’m just always looking for new talent…A lot of innovative people are [in Chattanooga],” he said. “I’m glad I’m here at the right time.”
Part of Kim’s plan is to try out other dishes at Wings Town. If they are popular they could be the foundation for another business.
“I’m [originally] from New York and there are lots of different foods in New York that maybe could work here,” he said. “We’ll stay with wings and slowly introduce test concepts.”
It could be a lamb dish or an improved take on a chicken recipe, he said.
He’s also lived in Korea and is interested in understanding American food more, possibly to take a concept there.