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Big Kahuna Wings announces first franchise sale in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE – Big Kahuna Wings, locally known for its award-winning dry-rub wings and its tasty BKW Seasonings and dipping sauces, announced its first franchise expansion on Friday, March 10.

The new Big Kahuna Wings franchise restaurant will open late this summer and will offer over 20 beer taps, including local & regional craft beers, as well as select wines. A specific location for the new franchise has yet to be named, but new franchise owner Douglas Fleming, has confirmed it will be in Knoxville.

Fleming, a former business consultant, fell in love with the dry-rub wing concept after visiting the original Big Kahuna Wings. “I think the taste is unique and remarkable, and I want to share this with the broader Knoxville community,” said Fleming.

“We are very excited to see our brand grow,” says Matt Beeler, Big Kahuna Wings founder. “Our goal has always been to grow the popularity of dry-rub, fresh-to-order wings among consumers and expanding our brand into new franchises is part of that goal.”

The company has partnered with Knoxville-based Franchise Innovation Group, formerly First Choice Franchise Concepts, a recognized leader in bringing franchising dreams to life across the country, to help facilitate and consult on this initiative.

Founded in 2014, Big Kahuna Wings is a family-owned restaurant concept born out of the popular BKW Seasonings brand, whose Original Blend seasoning has been satisfying taste buds at sporting events, parties and family gatherings for more than 40 years. From these beginnings, Beeler has also created one of the most popular food festivals in the region, the Big Kahuna Wing Festival, which takes place annually at Knoxville’s World's Fair Park, drawing a crowd of more than 8,000 people in 2016 and has raised over $160,000 for local charities in its first 4 years.

Big Kahuna Wings currently has one restaurant located at 12828 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tenn., which has become highly popular in a short period of time due to its comfortable atmosphere, uniquely personal service and diverse menu that includes fresh salads, house-made sides, specialty plates and sandwiches, and select beers and wines, in addition to The Wings That Changed It All®.

To learn more about Big Kahuna Wings, or for franchise information, interested parties can visit or call 1-844-363-4259.

Published March 13, 2017

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