Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day with 10 cent wings

July 18, 2018 // 3TV/CBS 5 // azfamily.com // Alissa Miller and David Baker

Traditional wings in Native’s honey hot sauce.

CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – An Arizona-based restaurant chain is offering quite the deal for National Chicken Wing Day.

Native Grill and Wings will feature 10-cent wings for the holiday on Sunday, July 29. That’s the price wings were back in 1979, when the chain was founded.

As for the fine print, there is a maximum of 10 wings per person and only one sauce or dry rub per order. The deal is for dine-in only. Guests can choose from over 20 different sauces from Strawberry Hot to Ancho Chile lime, Asian Garlic to Honey Chipotle.

“National Chicken Wing Day is not just any holiday – it’s our holiday that allows us (to) showcase Native’s roots and why we began in the first place,” Dan Chaon, CEO of Native Grill & Wings, said in a statement.

What started in Chandler almost 40-years ago, Native now has more than 30 restaurants in Arizona, Texas, Illinois and South Dakota. The restaurant’s claim to fame is for introducing chicken wings to the Valley of the Sun.

National Chicken Wing day started in 1977 with a proclamation from Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski, according to the holiday’s website.

People reportedly ate around 1.3 billion chicken wings just during the Super Bowl and an estimated 28 billion traditional bone-in chicken wings were eaten in 2016, according to the National Chicken Council.


Native Grill & Wings Offering 10-Cent Wings on National Chicken Wing Day

July 17, 2018 // FSR Magazine // Food News Feed

Native focuses on food and being family friendly.

Native Grill & Wings, an award-winning Arizona-based restaurant chain known for introducing chicken wings to the Valley of the Sun is celebrating National Chicken Wing Day on Sunday, July 29.

Native will be offering 10-cent wings, with a max of 10 wings per person, as the Native team reintroduces a former fan favorite special from their early days in 1979. Customers can indulge on wings with their choice of over 20 sauces and dry rubs at any of the Native Grill & Wings nationwide. The celebration will give guests, both old and new, the chance to enjoy their favorite wing flavor or try a new one during the one-day limited-time offer.

“We are excited to celebrate this national food observance,” says Dan Chaon, CEO of Native Grill & Wings. “As self-proclaimed wing experts, the team and I are thrilled for our customers to take advantage of this amazing limited-time offer and try new flavors at a low cost.”

Chicken wings can be seen as the crown jewel in the restaurant industry. They can be dressed in sauces or dry rubs that are spicy, sweet, savory or left plane Jane style and accompanied with dipping sauces galore.

“National Chicken Wing Day is not just any holiday—it’s our holiday that allows us showcase Native’s roots and why we began in the first place,” adds Chaon. “Native was founded in 1979 with the mission to bring flavorful wings to Arizona. Nearly 40 years later, Native is a staple in Arizona with customers always coming back for more. Our 10 cent wing deal on July 29 is also a way for us to celebrate our customer’s never-ending support.”

Native Grill & Wings (or, “Native,” as the regulars called it) focuses on food and being family-friendly unlike competitors such as Hooters, Twin Peaks and Buffalo Wild Wings. The polished sports grill proudly offers over 20 wing flavors – from Strawberry Hot to Ancho Chile Lime, Asian Garlic to Honey Chipotle – which guests can order by the individual wing, as well as an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Most of the sauces and rubs can be used to customize other menu items.

The restaurants are divided into a bar and restaurant, with approximately 30-40 flat screen TVs throughout, offering sports coverage for families and serious fans, and a customer base spanning all generations – baby boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials.

Mexico fans watch in Laveen, as team falls to Brazil

July 3, 2018 // FOX 10 News // Steve Kraft

 – On Monday, Brazil brought an end to Mexico’s run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but before that, fans of Team Mexico were out in force in Laveen to watch the games.

7:00 a.m., and hundreds of fans have already packed Native Grill and Wings, after Mexico slid into the round of 16. At the start of the game, fans wonder if their team would break through to the quarterfinals after repeated failures in past World Cups. After half a game, they held mighty Brazil to a scoreless draw, and fans were feeling good.

“They are playing great defense, small mistakes now and then, but we have had our attacks too,” said Oscar Rodriguez. “I predict Mexico will win 1-0.”

“Brazil is attacking, but Mexico second half, we will score a goal. 1-0 that is all we need. We are going to advance to the quarterfinals,” said Alex Perea.

Here and there in the pro-Mexico crowd, we saw a yellow Brazil jersey.

“It is definitely intimidating with all these green jerseys,” said Mari Huerta. “There are so many Mexico fans around it is scary. May the best team win. They are both trying their hardest.”

In the end, Mexico’s trying its hardest just wasn’t quite good enough, as Brazil shut Mexico down in the second half for a 2-0 win. Sweet for brazil fans, but more heartbreak for Mexico. It was not quite the result by any stretch that Mexico fans wanted, but it did not, in any way, dim the spirits of these fans, as they sang and cheered long after the final whistle.

World Cup Round of 16: Pancho Villa’s Army celebrates as Mexico advances

June 27, 2018 // Arizona Republic // Atreya Verma

For the last 20 minutes of the two early World Cup matches on Wednesday, Mexico fans pinned their hopes of advancing to a team on the other side of the planet.

At the Native Grill and Wings in Laveen, where Pancho Villa’s Army had established its home base for all Mexico games, nearly 200 El Tri fans turned their attention to the Germany-South Korea game after Mexico fell behind 3-0 in the 74th minute against Sweden.

The TVs were quickly switched over to Fox Sports 1, and every chance the South Koreans created in the offensive third was met with echoing “KOREA” chants.

Finally, in the 92nd minute, a deflected ball off a corner kick made its way into the back of the net and the bar erupted in cheers. Adrian Zarata, who helped organize the event, found his life-size version of Pistol Pete’s hat and marched around the celebrations screaming into his megaphone.


Atreya Verma/ The Republic


With Korea’s 2-0 win, defending champion Germany was eliminated from the World Cup, ensuring Mexico’s place in the Round of 16.

For Mexico fans who had made their way to Laveen as early as 6 a.m., it was simply about making sure El Tri advanced. Many of the fans had taken the day off – some even called in sick – to ensure they could watch the match with Pancho Villa’s Army.

“I’m sick, man. I’m very sick,” Carlos Alfaro said with a wry smile while watching the match.

Amid the celebration, local businesses have realized that Pancho Villa’s Army’s reach into the soccer fanbase is expansive in the Phoenix area and they are trying to capitalize. Phoenix Rising FC community relations representative Heber Valenzuela was on hand for the festivities to promote the growing Rising club.

“It’s important for us to connect with the community. We are privileged to be in a community that is very diverse,” Valenzuela said. “One of our goals is to have a club that is for the people, therefore we have to go out there and build relationships through watch parties and events.”

Valenzuela said the club has been working with PVA for almost four years, since the last World Cup. Back then, the Rising were known as Arizona United but the relationship has endured. As the Rising continue to advance their bid to become the next MLS expansion team, it will be crucial to cultivate the passion of El Tri fans.

Shawn Goodwin, a representative from Budweiser, was on hand to help promote a new beer called Estrella Jalisco into the local market. The company has a partnership with the national branch of PVA.

Estrella Jalisco has been a big success in the Los Angeles market and was introduced to Cardinals fans this past football season at University of Phoenix Stadium, according to Goodwin. He brought T-shirts, koozies and mugs with him to give away to the soccer-hungry fan base.

The crowd on hand was not the biggest PVA has organized since the start of the 2018 World Cup as the opening-match upset against Germany ended with an overcapacity building. The local fire department was called to settle some raucous fans that had set off smoke bombs to celebrate that win.

On Wednesday, Mexico lost but fans celebrated with the same fervor. In the Round of 16, El Tri will play Brazil, the first-place finisher in Group E. That game will be Monday at 7 a.m. (Arizona time).

Zarate, a captain in PVA, isn’t afraid of the talented Brazilian side.

“We want Brazil,” he yelled before diving into a crowd of fans celebrating next to the bar.