Dallas restaurants serve up all manner of tasty wings, but a veteran restaurateur is betting the city has room for an intriguing newcomer.
Robert Earl — best known as the founder of Planet Hollywood — has launched a new virtual-restaurant concept called Wing Squad in which the food is available by delivery only.
Wing Squad's menu can be ordered via apps such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, and Postmates.
The menu features six flavors of wings: barbecue, honey garlic, Cajun, garlic parmesan, sweet chili, and Buffalo. There are also two salads — a Caesar and a house salad — and sides that include the carrots, celery, and blue cheese that usually come with Buffalo chicken. There are also potato chips, plus mac 'n' cheese.
Looking at the apps, six wings cost $7.99 with 12 ($13.99) and 18-packs ($17.99) also available.
"Food delivery has quickly become an everyday occurrence for many people, so I created Wing Squad as part of my Virtual Dining Concepts network," Earl says in a statement. "Wing Squad will be delivery only, which allows us to launch from a wide range of locations. With this business model, the sky is the limit."
The concept was launched in 16 cities that include Houston, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Palo Alto, Orlando, San Diego, Seattle, and Washington D.C. More locations will be added. In Dallas, the unofficial address is 7843 Park Ln., home to Buca di Beppo, which is also part of Earl's Earl Enterprises restaurant group.
Virtual restaurants are becoming more popular both nationally. In Houston, the most prominent is Click Virtual Food Hall, where acclaimed chef Gabriel Medina (Aqui, Soma Sushi) offers six different concepts, including Filipino, tacos, and Japanese-style rice bowls.