In 2001 Darrell Guariniello founded the casual-dining sports bar Wing Warehouse in Ohio. The menu of 44 wing flavors (sweet to blazing hot) and 29 draft beers sets it apart from competitors. Sandwiches, melts, wraps and pasta are also served. Each unit of this family-friendly concept is geared to serving its own locale, with separate areas away from the bar for kids. In-restaurant games and events, live music, pool tables and patios at some locations, along with requisite flat-screen televisions, have boosted popularity. Guariniello moved the concept from counter-ordering to full-service dining in 2005, and four years later he bought Scorchers, a rival chain, and still operates it as a separate brand. The privately held WW Systems Inc. oversees company-owned and franchised units, which are all in Ohio.

2012 Systemwide Sales$29,000,000*
% Change in Sales15.1%
2012 U.S. Units13
2012 Average Unit Volume$2,400,000*
% Change in AUV1.0%
Future 50 Year2013