By: Lauren Harper
The city of Fort Mill contains a variety of restaurants for residents to choose from that range from the normal fast food places, to BBQ and international cuisine. While all of the restaurants feature different items on the menu, there are very few that focus solely on one type of food, which makes Fort Mill’s new Wing King Café unique in that aspect.
Owned by Brad Hartley and Robert “Bobby” Jones of Indian Land, the new Wing King Café opened last month and is located on Doby’s Bridge Road. This is the third Wing King Café that the duo has opened in the past few years, and the restaurant features five 50-inch televisions ideal for sporting events. According to Hartley, “There are a lot of restaurants on the Baxter [Village] side and not much in the way of eating and dining on this side. We felt like there was a need for a restaurant on this side of Fort Mill.”
The men, who are from the Charlotte and Fort Mill area, have been in the food industry for three years. When the recession hit, each of the men faced financial trouble in their separate careers, which resulted in the purchase of their Wing King locations in both Lancaster and on Hwy. 49. “The economy kind of brought us together,” Hartley explains.
The menu at Wing King Café features an impressive 32 different flavors of wings, including hot, ginger, honey barbeque, garlic and salt and vinegar. When it comes to how the owners get the ideas for their wide variety of wing flavors, “It just goes on and on. We just keep adding flavors. Our cooks come up with flavors. We try them. If everyone likes them, we put them on the menu,” Hartley explains. Though the restaurant is known for its wings, they do have other food items on the menu, ranging from nachos to burgers and wraps.
Wing King Café has both dine-in and carry-out services, and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to around 10 p.m. on Sundays, depending on when the last sports game ends. This restaurant is another great edition to the Fort Mill area, and is “…a fun atmosphere. We have the best wings around. You can bring a family of four out, have a good meal and watch some TV for under $25,” Hartley stated. So next time you’re looking for something spicy, zesty or even honey-barbequed when it comes to dinner, check out the new Wing King in town.