Brothers Eric and Scott Slaymaker were no newcomers to franchising when they opened Winger’s in 1993; they had already owned T.G.I. Friday’s and Tony Roma’s restaurants. Their first Winger’s opened in Bountiful, Utah, inside a 1940s diner, where they upgraded chicken wings from an appetizer to an entrée. There are now Winger’s in eight states, with plans for expansion to Kentucky and Puerto Rico in 2009.

LocationSalt Lake City, Utah
2008 Systemwide Sales ($000,000)$44,600,000*
YOY Sales Change7.3%
2008 U.S. Units39
YOY Unit Change11.4%
2008 Average Unit Volume ($000)$1,200,000*
Future 50 Year2009
*Technomic estimate