Chain restaurants see growing, younger market in Tulsa

Server Samantha Valenzuela delivers food Wednesday at Native Grill & Wings. The chain, which just opened its first Tulsa location at 10804 E. 71st., wants to add several more Oklahoma restaurants. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World


August 23, 2017 //Tulsa World News // Mike Averill

National and regional restaurant chains interested in Tulsa

Tulsa is a hot spot for national franchise restaurants seeking a growing, younger market.

One of the newest additions to the 71st Street landscape is Native Grill & Wings.

The Arizona-based chain with a menu including more than 20 flavors of wings as well as pizzas, burgers and salads, has more than 30 locations in seven states.

The recently opened location at 10804 E. 71st St. is the company’s first in Oklahoma.

“We like growing areas with lots of families,” said Adriana Espinosa, a company spokeswoman. “We chose Tulsa because it is a growing area.”

She said Tulsa was a “perfect fit” for the company as it looks to grow in the Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas area.

The company hopes to expand in the next couple of years with three to five additional locations in the state.

Coolgreens, a “healthy lifestyle eatery” that features build-your-own salads, wraps, bowls, flatbreads and more is ready to franchise.
The Oklahoma City–based restaurant has six locations in Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman and a seventh is set to open soon inside the Will Rogers World Airport.

The company would eventually like to enter the Dallas/Fort Worth area, as well as Kansas City, Wichita, Omaha and Denver.

The first step in that plan is moving into the Tulsa market, said Clay Carson, vice president of franchise development at Coolgreens.

The company is working with Buxton Analytics in Fort Worth to create its customer profile and help identify markets that will bring the best results.

“There’s a science to it,” Carson said. “We know our core customer … and you’ve got pockets within bigger markets where you have groups that tend to have a bit of a healthier lifestyle.”

As far as Tulsa as a market, Carson said he sees a lot of similarities between it and Oklahoma City.
“There’s a lot of rejuvenation and a lot of kids who graduate that maybe 10 years ago would have left for Dallas or Chicago because the markets didn’t offer things they are looking for culturally,” he said.
“A lot of good jobs are being created, so a lot of kids are staying home and creating a very cool community.”
Other chains planning to come to Tulsa include Austin-based Torchy’s Taco. It is moving into the Brookside neighborhood in a location that previously held HopBunz. Dunkin’ Donuts has also announced a location in Broken Arrow, as well as plans to bring up to 10 restaurants to the area.
Salta, a Houston-based chain restaurant that features salads and wraps composed of made-from-scratch ingredients, opened one location at Kingspointe Village earlier this year and is in the process of opening two others.
The chain has more than 60 locations in four states.
“I think Tulsa is going to be absolutely a great market for us,” said franchisee Mark Brooker in an earlier Tulsa World story. “Great food and very trendy.”

Restaurant news: Native Grill & Wings opens in south Tulsa

August 15, 2017 // Tulsa World News // Scott Cherry

Arizona Based Native Grill & Wings opens in south Tulsa 

Native Grill & Wings, an Arizona-based restaurant chain known for its 20-plus wing flavors, has opened at 10804 E. 71st St.

The wings, which can be ordered individually, range from strawberry hot and ancho chile lime to Asian garlic and honey chipotle.

The restaurant also offers pizzas, salads, burgers, sandwiches and fish-and-chips.  Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday. The phone number is 918-806-2707.  It is located on the southeast corner of 71st Street and U.S. 169.


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Native Grill & Wings to Open First Oklahoma Location

August 11, 2017 // // Native Grill & Wings

Award-winning restaurant set to enter Tulsa

Native Grill & Wings, an award-winning Arizona restaurant chain known for its 20+ wing flavors that guests can order by the individual wing, is set to open its first restaurant in Oklahoma.

The new corporate-owned store will be located at 10804 E 71st Street in Tulsa, and is slated to open on August 14, 2017. Company plans call for four to six additional restaurants in Oklahoma over the next six to eight months throughout Tulsa, Norman and Oklahoma City.

“This is a big milestone for the company and a true testament to the brand’s appeal,” said Native Grill & Wings CEO Dan Chaon. “Expanding into Oklahoma is a major step for us and we are thrilled to establish Native as a premier sports grill in Tulsa.”

Native Grill & Wings (or, “Native,” as the regulars call it) focuses on high-quality food and being a family-friendly environment, 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 pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Most of the sauces and rubs can be used to customize other menu items.

“We’re incredibly pleased with the recognition and acclaim we’ve received in our home state of Arizona over the past few years,” added Chaon. “We can’t wait to see a similar following across Oklahoma as we introduce the Native brand to wing fanatics throughout the Sooner State.”

Native Grill & Wings 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.

The Top 50 Emerging Restaurant Chains

August 1, 2017 // FSR Magazine // Connie Gentry, Alex Dixon

Native Grill & Wings in Surprise, Ariz.


Performance and potential earned restaurants a spot among this year’s FSR 50—that, and the fact that each has a portfolio of fewer than 50 units. We’re talking emergent chains, those that have a growing presence and a penchant for progress, be it defined as menu innovation, sales growth, brand expansion, or community support. You’ll discover regional brands that have been around for decades, like Elmer’s, which opened in 1960 in Portland, Oregon, and has given birth to a new concept that it plans to develop in the Southwest. Along with brands like Snooze, which got its start just 11 years ago but has already awakened the Denver region to a heightened appreciation for polished breakfast service and exceptionally sustainable processes. For performance metrics, look to the chart on Pages 48 to 49, which details total company sales, average unit volume, number of units, and areas of operation for each of the FSR 50 brands.

Native Grill & Wings



34 UNITS The name changed in 2014 to Native Grill & Wings, but the company actually dates to 1978 when Buffalo, New York, city slickers Floyd and Judy Anderson took their dream of owning a restaurant westward and opened Native New Yorker in Arizona. Current expansion plans call for adding a Tulsa, Oklahoma, location along with a Northern Arizona location. The current portfolio includes three company-owned locations and 31 franchised units.

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