Dallas wing expert opens new chicken wing place Aviators in The Colony
A new wing spot has landed in The Colony: Aviators, an upscale wing house with craft cocktails from Kelcher Entertainment Group and operating partner Jason Quiroga, has opened at 2851 Plano Pkwy #270, in a space that has already had a surprising degree of turnover given its brief lifespan, starting out as a Dough Bro's, then becoming a Bourbon Street, and now wings.
Aviators does bone-in jumbo wings and chicken tenders with choice of dry rub or sauces, ranging from mild Garlic Parmesan rub to Top Gun sauce, the hottest.
Appetizers include Chicken Sliders, Beer Battered Cheese Curds, and Tempura Battered Afterburners. Plus sandwiches, salads, sides, and kids meals.
Cocktails include The Amelia, named for aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, with Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose Vodka, peach liqueur, pineapple, hibiscus, Champagne and a Strawberry Pop-Rock rim.
Aviators brines its chicken in-house, and wings and tenders are cooked to order. Sauces, rubs, and dipping sauces are house-made, as are the bitters and syrups for cocktails.
The restaurant seats 60 indoors, plus additional seating on a patio just outside a garage door. Decor has an aviation theme, which makes sense since Kelcher Entertainment Group also own Delta Charlie's, a restaurant at the Grand Prairie Municipal Airport.
Quiroga spent six years as operating partner at Wing Bucket, helping to open seven locations. He’s not just a wings guy – he's worked in the Dallas restaurant industry for nearly 30 years, having started out in his father’s restaurant washing dishes at age 14.
“I’ve always loved flying, and have a passion for wings and mixology, so that’s how the concept of Aviators came about,” he says. “We want Aviators to be a family-first restaurant. We believe in serving our customers amazing food and drinks with great service.”
Kelcher Entertainment Group's restaurant portfolio includes Barrel & Bones, Black Agave, Dough Bro’s, and Bourbon Street. Wait a minute, this space was a Dough Bro's and a Bourbon Street. Duh.
The restaurant is currently open for dinner only, with lunch coming in mid-February.