AE Restaurant Group Opens Doors to the First of 60 hoots wings Locations in Development Agreement
July 19, 2021 // Franchising.com // LITTLE ELM, Texas – Hoots Wings has announced the opening of its first franchise location in Little Elm, Texas – slated to open on Monday, July 19. The fast-casual wing restaurant will be housed in the Little Elm Corners Shopping Center, on the SW corner of US380 and Navo Road, located at 26742 E University Dr., Aubrey, TX 76227.
Behind the location is Dallas-based AE Restaurant Group, led by Cary and Jackie Albert, who signed a deal for 60 franchise locations in the state of Texas back in February.
The Alberts became the first franchisees in hoots wings’ history to ink an agreement, with a development focus in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Austin areas. The Alberts have another nine locations in development, seven in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth areas and two in the greater Austin area, set to open by year-end. The husband-and-wife duo plan to open 10-15 locations each year, on pace to open all 60 locations over the next six years.
“From the second we learned about hoots wings, we knew this was the perfect opportunity for us,” said Jackie Albert. “The people of Little Elm and the surrounding communities will love the diverse menu of over 10,000 flavor combinations. We’re so excited to play a role in the history of hoots wings as their first-ever franchisees and bring their great food to the people of Texas.”
Hoots Wings is best known for its wings and the variety of sauces and rubs available. Customers have the choice of five cooking options (breaded, smoked, naked, boneless, or roasted) and fourteen options of sauces and dry rubs. Sauces and dry rubs range in heat from the 3-mile island, spicy garlic, and garlic habanero to the milder lemon pepper, Texas BBQ, and parmesan garlic. Along with its wings, the menu includes shrimp, chicken sandwiches, and sides like waffle fries, tots, mac and cheese and mozzarella sticks.
The seasoned restaurant entrepreneurs bring 27 years of experience into this venture. Since 1994, the Alberts have been franchise owners of Schlotzsky’s, a fast-casual restaurant chain specializing in sandwiches. Over the years, Cary and Jackie have grown that business to 30 locations.
“Jackie and Cary have proven themselves to be a dominate force in the restaurant community,” said Sal Melilli, CEO of HOA Brands, parent company of Hooters and hoots wings. This first location in Little Elm is kickstarting their overarching goal of bringing in 60 units, and they’ve proven that they aren’t wasting any time doing so. Hoots wings, and the newest location in Little Elm, are in good hands with the Alberts.”
Hoots Wings – Little Elm hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday 11a.m. to 10p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 11a.m. to 11p.m.