Restaurants are scouting for sites all over Southwest Florida.
The latest concept: Buffalo Wings & Rings, a fast-growing restaurant chain based in Cincinnati that serves wings and burgers in a family-style atmosphere.
“We could easily put 20 on the west coast from Tampa to Fort Myers and Naples,” says Philip Schram, the executive vice president of franchise development for the company.
Buffalo Wings & Rings already has two locations in the region: one in North Port and another in Port Charlotte. Its third Florida location is in Orlando, but it is seeking additional franchisees throughout the state.
The company has 45 restaurants in the U.S. and 12 in the Middle East. It sells franchises for $35,000 per restaurant plus 5% royalties and 1% marketing fees of sales.
Schram estimates it takes an investment of about $850,000 to $1.2 million to open up a Buffalo Wings, depending on location and real estate costs.