Brothers Steve, Scott and Paul Ballard opened the first Wingery in December, 2001; the chain now has 50 stores in 20 states, according to the company (updated from the Technomic number above). Eight to 10 more outlets are scheduled to open on college campuses this summer. Most are owned by franchisees or Sodexo. The brothers hit on a winning formula when they asked two New Orleans chefs, Paul Prudhomme and George Rhoades, to devise an international array of 17 made-from-scratch sauces for its chicken. Also offered: quesadillas, wraps, fajitas and Texas toast burgers.

LocationCovington, La.
2007 Systemwide Sales$49,100,000*
% Change in Sales40.3%
2007 U.S. Units35
% Change in Units66.7%
2007 Average Unit Volume$1,800,000
% Change in AUV5.9%
Future 50 Year2008