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Axum Capital Partners, a private-equity firm in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday acquired a controlling interest in the 32-unit casual-dining wings specialist, Wild Wing Café.

Restaurant veteran Edna Morris, a managing director at Axum, was named interim chief executive of the Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Wild Wing, while Wild Wing Café founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley will retain an ownership stake in the company and will serve on the board. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wild Wing Café, founded in 1990, operates 11 company-owned and franchises 21 other stores in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Axum said Wild Wing Café generated about $100 million in systemwide sales in 2011. Fifth Third Bank provided debt financing for the deal.

Axum was founded two years ago by Morris, who is the former president of Red Lobster and Quincy’s Family Steakhouse and led the James Beard Foundation; Raymond C. Groth, the former head of mergers and acquisitions at First Union/Wachovia Securities, now Wells Fargo; former professional football player Muhsin “Moose” Muhammad II; and Denis Ackah-Yensu, who was formerly with McColl Partners and Citigroup.

Muhammad, who played wide receiver with the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears, said Wild Wing Café has a sports component that made it an interesting investment.

“But the No. 1 thing is the food,” Muhammad said. “This brand was built around great recipes. The founder, Dianne Crowley, created all these great recipes. The restaurant started from a Super Bowl party 20 years, and they decided to create this business. It really became a great concept. The franchisees felt the same way.”

Morris spoke further about the concept and acquisition with Nation’s Restaurant News:

What kind of investments is Axum looking at?

Axum is focused on two primary sectors: education services and restaurants. Those are areas that focus on basic needs and are more apt to stand up during downturns in the economy.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

This article has been read 1036 times.


Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

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Wild Wing Cafe Names Tom Lewison Chief Executive Officer

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," said Edna Morris, the company's interim CEO and managing director of Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns Wild Wing Cafe. "Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country." In his new role as CEO and president, Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the brand's well-crafted franchise plans, which include adding nearly 70 new restaurants during the next five years. The company projects reaching 100 units by 2018, with a focus on opening in select U.S. markets adjacent to current southeastern U.S. operations.

Prior to joining Wild Wing Cafe, Lewison served as President & COO of Bojangles Restaurants Inc. where he played an instrumental role in the strategic growth of the concept. Following his tenure with Bojangles, Lewison founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual dining concept. Additionally, Lewison also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants, 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations, and has been involved in a number of other restaurant industry ventures.

"The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn't pass up," said Lewison, who has nearly 40 years of restaurant leadership and hands-on operating experience, starting his career as an hourly team member with Carl's Jr. "I'm humbled to take the baton as CEO of Wild Wing Cafe. I look forward to working closely with the Wild Wing team and franchise partners to leverage our collective talent." The addition of Tom Lewison comes amid Wild Wing Cafe's aggressive franchise growth initiative. The brand anticipates opening three new Wild Wing Cafe restaurants in the second half of 2014 in Tennessee and Georgia. The forthcoming restaurants being built will reflect an innovative, new restaurant prototype. The growth strategy focused on awarding development agreements to seasoned restaurant franchise ownership and operator groups has the full support of Axum Capital Partners (Axum) and its leadership team, which, among others, includes former NFL-star Muhsin Muhammad and Edna Morris, a 30-year restaurant industry veteran who held top posts at Red Lobster and Quincy's Family Steakhouse. Axum acquired Wild Wing Cafe in early-2012, quickly assembling the talented leadership group that will now be working closely with Lewison at the brand's home office in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

Fresh, made-from-scratch wings and homemade sauces are at the heart of Wild Wing Cafe's menu. However, it's the menu's variety, which includes specialties such as half-pound Angus Steakhouse Burgers, salads and Wild Wraps that keeps customers coming back.

About Wild Wing Cafe Founded in 1990 in Hilton Head, S.C., Wild Wing Cafe began as a single restaurant that featured the homemade wild wing recipes of its two founders Cecil and Dianne Crowley. As the good times and great food grew in popularity within the Hilton Head community, the Crowleys expanded the brand, eventually offering franchise opportunities. In 2012, Axum Capital Partners, purchased the then 32-unit chain (33 currently), and has implemented an enhanced growth strategy for select U.S. markets.

Today, Wild Wing Cafe operates in seven southeastern states and is an unquestioned leader within its category in food quality, drinks (an extensive beer list) and its electrifying ambiance. Music is at the core of the brand's personality, with nightly entertainment and regular band competitions.

To learn more about Wild Wing Cafe, visit wildwingcafe.com. For information on available franchise opportunities, visit franchise.wildwingcafe.com or call (843) 730-5702

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