Memphis has added yet another hot wing restaurant to its portfolio, thanks to rapper Rick Ross.
The Maybach Music Group CEO and platinum recording artist opened his second local Wingstop franchise Friday, Oct. 5, in East Memphis at 4697 Poplar Ave. The store near the Poplar/Perkins Road intersection is in the same shopping area as Dixie Café, Gigi’s Cupcakes and FedEx Office Print & Ship Center.
Ross – who rapped about his love for Wingstop and lemon-pepper flavored wings on his hit album Teflon Don – has a multi-unit, multi-state deal with Richardson, Texas-based Wingstop. He recently announced a new Wingstop opening in Miami.
“We’ve totally hit the spot here in Memphis,” Ross said in a written statement. “I like being able to share my favorite wings and empowering the community with jobs at the same time.”
Ross opened his first Memphis Wingstop last year at 7706 Winchester Road. The East Memphis store marks Ross’ second and Memphis’ third Wingstop. A separate owner operates the 1605 N. Germantown Parkway store.
The restaurant opens just in time for Memphis Madness, the University of Memphis basketball kickoff event, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 at FedExForum. As the official wings of the Memphis Tigers, Wingstop will offer specials for fans during the game and one winner will receive free wings for a year.
Wingstop’s menu features traditional and boneless wings, chicken strips and glider sandwiches – all sauced and tossed in 10 original flavors. Homemade side dishes include fresh seasoned fries, cut daily from Idaho potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad.
Wingstop Memphis is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.
Founded in 1994, Wingstop has more than 520 restaurants open across the U.S. and Mexico.