Native Grill & Wings Now Open in St. Charles, Serving 21 Flavors of Wings

January 19, 2018 // Mabel Suen // Feast Magazine

A popular chain from the southwest has made its way to the St. Louis area. Native Grill & Wings debuted its first midwest location in St. Charles with a soft opening on Jan. 17. The family-friendly sports bar is known most famously for its 21 different chicken wing flavors and also offers pizza, burgers and more.

Native Grill & Wings originated in 1978 and is based out of Chandler, Arizona. There are currently around 45 locations across the country. The St. Charles franchise is owned and operated by STL Native, LLC, which is made up of individuals with a combined 20 years of experience in the industry, including owning Ruth’s Chris Steak Houses in the St. Louis market. The group intends to open two to three additional locations of Native in the St. Louis area.

The St. Charles restaurant fills the space previously occupied by the Titled Kilt, with 270 seats throughout. The room features refurbished barn wood along its central bar, numerous TVs displaying sports events and a gaming area with air hockey, foosball, darts and Golden Tee. Local artist AJ Sanchez of St. Louis Underground Gallery will also be adding hand-painted murals to the walls.

The menu begins with the brand’s namesake wing sauces, which are available served with traditional bone-in wings, hand-breaded boneless wings and tenders. Popular flavor picks include ancho chile-lime dry rub, spicy honey mustard and honey hot sauce. Some more interesting options include ghost pepper as well as chicken ’n’ waffles dry rub.

Appetizers include options such as loaded tots, hummus and buffalo chicken nachos, while salads include highlights like the chicken apple walnut salad with garden romaine, Granny Smith apples, strawberries, candied walnuts, blue cheese crumbles, grilled chicken and citrus vinaigrette.

Hand-tossed New York style pizzas are available with topping options such as the house special with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and black olives. From the burger menu, choose from options such as the “Hangover Burger” with hardwood-smoked bacon, hash brown, fried egg, avocado, lettuce and pepper jack cheese.

Weekly specials include all-you-can-eat wings on Tuesdays, boneless wing specials on Wednesdays and fish fries on Fridays. Behind the bar, guests will find 30 draft handles with several local craft beer options as well as a selection of around 25 whiskeys.

Native Grill & Wings’s current hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11am to midnight and Friday through Saturday from 11am to 1:30am.

Native Grill & Wings, 1566 Country Club Plaza Road, St. Charles, Missouri, 636.493.9583,

New restaurant coming to Quincy

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) – A new restaurant will open on Quincy’s riverfront in February, according to a news release.

The news release stated Native Grill & Wings will open at 138 N. Front St. in mid to late February. It stated Tilted Kilt, which is currently located in that space, will close Thursday at 11 p.m.

Franchise owner Duane Venvertloh said this will be the first location in Illinois.

“We are very excited to bring this fast-growing family sports grill to Quincy,” Venvertloh said. “We look forward to being an active part of the community more than just your typical ‘sports grill,’ and our primary goal will always be to provide a welcoming environment for the whole family. We’re also excited to be a part of the city’s effort to develop the downtown and the riverfront.”

General Manager Heather Balzer said the staff of 14 employees will carry over to the new restaurant, and they will be hiring 30 to 40 new employees.

“(It’s) a whole new environment.” Balzer said. “We’re going to completely remodel the entire building. The whole building will be different. It will be something to look forward to.”

The release stated the restaurant offers over 20 wing flavors. Customers can also order flavors individually.

“Native is thrilled to welcome Duane to the team, as his community involvement is parallel with the presence Native strives to have, and I am confident that he will make our Midwest expansion successful,” said CEO Dan Chaon. “We’re incredibly pleased with the acclaim we’ve received in Arizona over the past few years, and are excited to see the same following and recognition in Illinois.”

According to the release, the restaurants are divided into a bar and grill with around 40 flat screen TVs.

Tilted Kilt opened in January of 2014.

Native Grill and Wings to replace Tilted Kilt on Quincy Riverfront

December 28, 2017 // Doug Wilson // Herald-Whig

QUINCY — The Tilted Kilt is set to close Thursday night to make room for a new sports bar and grill in February. 

Heather Balzer, general manager of the Tilted Kilt, said Native Grill and Wings will open by late February at 138 N. Front, where the Tilted Kilt has operated for the past four years.

“I held an employee meeting this morning, and by the end of it, everybody was super excited,” Balzer said.

The staff of 14 will be kept on the payroll during remodeling, and Balzer said a job fair will be held in late January to seek 30 to 40 more workers.

Duane Venvertloh, who will be the franchise owner, told The Herald-Whig’s news-gathering partners at WGEM that this will be the first Native Grill and Wings franchise in Illinois.

According to Native Grill company information, the restaurants have about 40 flat-screen televisions and offer 20 or more flavors of wings at a typical location, as well as sandwiches, fish, pizza and other offerings.

Native Grill and Wings was launched in 1978 in Arizona by members of a family who named their restaurant Native New Yorker. The pizza shop struggled until it shifted its focus to chicken wings. The company has grown rapidly in recent years.

Company CEO Dan Chaon has said Native Grill has created a restaurant chain that appeals to families.

Balzer said her staff will trade in the Tilted Kilt’s trademark plaid kilts and white blouses for jeans and black T-shirts.


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Chamber Focus: Native Grill & Wings is now open

October 22, 2017 // The Daily Courier 

The Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce welcomed Native Grill & Wings on Oct. 16. Officially open, Native Grill & Wings is a family friendly spot with a wide menu including wings and pizza. Prescott Valley Mayor Harvey Skoog presented words of welcome to management, staff, and the Chamber board and ambassadors. Find them at 5533 E. Highway 69 in Prescott Valley, with the option to call your order ahead 928-227-0815, or check out their app (Native Grill & Wings on Google Play or the App Store).

Preview Magazine: Best Sandwiches

October 2017// Preview// Michele Chiappetta & Rob Harmon

Ranging from traditional basics to the truly unique, we’ve found 48 of the best things to happen to the 918 since sliced bread. Are you ready to revisit that most classic of American food groups – the sandwich?

Ah, the sandwich. Ever since the Middle Ages, when John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, supposedly invented a quick, neat way to eat without leaving the gambling table, we’ve had a love affair with this delectable, handheld meal. And though it was once only popular with aristocrats who could afford to lose money playing cards, the sandwich has since become one of the most egalitarian and middle-class lunches of all time.

In truth, the sandwich in its many forms has probably existed ever since humans could slide meat and cheese between slices of bread. It has even been taken to court, specifically a court in Boston, where it was ruled that the legal definition of “sandwich” in that jurisdiction would require slices of bread to be part of the meal. Who knew a simple lunch meal could be so complex?

The sandwich in its many forms is ever popular as a lunch option for worker bees, students, and others who are on the go. In an ever-increasing handsfree world, it’s still the go-to meal for someone with a free hand. And you can choose from all kinds of sandwiches, breads, fillings and more in just about every corner of Green Country.

That said, here’s our list of 48 fantastic places around Green Country where you can grab some meat, cheese and bread and hit the road, having conquered your royal appetite.

Native Grill & Wings
10804 E. 71st | Tulsa
Mouthwatering chicken, battered and smothered in mozzarella, parmesan, marinara sauce, sprinkled with fresh basil, all stuffed in a hoagie — the chicken parmesan at Native Grill & Wings will become one of your favorites at first bite. The meatball sub is everything you’d expect, jam-packed with marinara sauce and mozzarella, and a sure hit with the taste buds. Try the California Cluck and you’ll love it — charbroiled chicken on a toasted ciabatta bun with bacon, tomato and avocado. And if your East Coast cravings kick in, go for the Philly Steak with thinly sliced rib-eye steak, grilled onions, green bell peppers, red wine mushrooms and topped with queso.

See the full article here.

Preview magazine: Best Wings

September 2017// Preview // Michele Chiappetta & Rob Harmon

Best Wings – Whether fried, battered, smoked, naked or slathered in sauce, chicken wings are the perfect food staple for the big game or a quick bite. We’ve found the 30 worthiest wings joints in the 918. Stock up on wet wipes. 

You know you love them: those small bits of chicken, braised in sauce and served up as you hang with your best buddies watching the game at your favorite Green Country watering hole. The mighty chicken wing is a classic, go-to appetizer for good reason. They’re tasty, messily fun, come in so many flavors, and can easily feed just you or your whole crew of friends.

Believe it or not, wings were supposedly invented in — where else? — Buffalo, N.Y., when Teressa Bellissmo received a supply of chicken wings rather than chicken necks, and was forced to improvise. Whether true or not, the story reminds us that chicken wings are a brilliant use of what is otherwise a sadly overlooked part of the bird.

The average American eats around 90 wings a year. At around six wings per serving, that’s at least 15 times you’ll be enjoying this fun appetizer around town. And with the football season about to kick off, what better time is there to explore the best T-Town has to offer? So, we bit the bullet and ate our way around Green Country to give you this list of the best wings you can eat around these parts.

Native Grill & Wings
10804 E. 71st | Tulsa
Located just north of the Cinemark Tulsa and IMAX off 71st, Native Grill & Wings abounds with delicious-looking combinations of sandwiches (California Cluck, meatball sub), salads, sliders, burgers and, yes, pizza. But if it’s wings you want, it’s wings you can get. Native takes the basic concept of wings and runs it through an abundance of variations. Their menu features some traditional flavors, and a host of bolder choices as well including The Ghost (which claims to say RIP to your taste buds), Chicken n’ Waffles, Strawberry Hot and Teriyaki Ginger. While it’s difficult to pick a standout, Native goes above and beyond the traditional wing offerings. If you’re seeking wings done well, Native will never steer you wrong, especially on Tuesdays when you can get bottomless tradition wings for $14.99.

See the full article here.

Review: Native Grill & Wings is sports bar-style eatery featuring pizza, wings


September 5, 2017 // Tulsa World News // Scott Cherry

Sports bar-style eater opens in south Tulsa

The history of Native Grill & Wings, according to managing partner Jason Prout at the new Tulsa restaurant, started in 1979 when the founding Anderson family made its way from Buffalo, New York, to settle in Arizona.

“The story goes that they moved there to open a pizzeria and called it the Native New Yorker Restaurant,” said Prout, a veteran Tulsa restaurateur. “When the pizzeria started failing and since they were from Buffalo, where wings began at the Anchor Bar, they went and bought a bunch of wings and started selling them in Arizona. They became very popular and successful with the wings.”

The story also goes that people started saying, “Let’s go to Native to eat,” and the owners eventually dropped New Yorker and renamed it Native Grill & Wings.

Regardless, the chain made its entry into Oklahoma about three weeks ago in a new building that sits in front of Cinemark Tulsa theater and behind Smashburger and Chuy’s on the south side of 71st Street.

It’s a sports bar-styled restaurant with banks of big-screen televisions that are easy to see anywhere in the dining areas. Two large screens over the bar can show up to four games each at one time, a handy thing to have as football season gets under way.

Wings are the big stars here with 21 flavors, including seven dry rubs and 14 sauces. They range from mild chicken n’ waffles and asiago Parmesan to spicy hot habanero mango and The Ghost.

Our table ordered a 15-pack platter ($15.99) with five salt and vinegar, five honey hot and five honey barbecue. The bone-in wings were tender and meaty, and the latter two flavors had a little kick to them. They came with celery sticks and a good, creamy ranch dipping sauce.

Along the same line, the restaurant also offers boneless wings and strippers, Native’s name for boneless fried chicken tenders.

The menu has enough variety to satisfy most tastes. It includes stone-oven pizzas, flatbreads, salads, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, sliders and a couple of fish entrees.

In addition to wings, we also had the hangover burger ($10.99) and an order of sliders (two for $6.49), and both came with tasty seasoned fries.

The hangover burger, served in a paper-lined wire basket, was almost too thick to eat by hand. It included a ground beef patty, hardwood-smoked bacon, hash browns, fried egg, avocado, lettuce and pepper jack cheese. The combination of the bacon, egg and avocado made it a burger to remember.

The sliders turned out to be a good bargain. We chose barbecued pork and Native sliders. The former held a generous serving of shredded pork with pickle slices and honey-barbecue sauce. The Native was a basic, small burger with ground beef, cheddar cheese and pickles. Both were served on soft brioche buns.

Other slider choices included meatball with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese, and chicken-fried chicken with lettuce, pickles and mayo.

I substituted onion rings for the fries with the hangover burger for an extra $1.99. They were medium-sized and OK, but I might just stick with the fries next time.

I almost ordered the fish and chips, but instead of that, I think I would like to return on a Friday for the Friday Fish Fry, which includes a 13-ounce, beer-battered haddock, served with fries, tartar sauce and lemon for $12.99.

Native Grill & Wings offers full bar service.

A menu for ages 12 and younger includes a grilled chicken breast, four-pack wings, kid-friendly strippers, grilled cheese, mac-and-cheese or slider for $3.99 to $5.49. They come with a fountain drink or milk and choice of one side.

Our server, Christina, was hard-working, friendly and seemed well-versed on the menu.

Restaurant features include a garage door that can open to the patio and counter seats on the patio that open to the bar through another garage door. Decorations include a hand-painted wall mural with a Tulsa and Route 66 theme.

Native Grill & Wings Back and Better than Ever in Laveen

September 18, 2017 // // Native Grill & Wings

Award-winning restaurant continues Arizona expansion.

Native Grill & Wings, an award-winning Arizona restaurant chain known for its 20+ wing flavors that guests can order by the individual wing, has announced the reopening of its Laveen location.

The restaurant is located at 5020 W. Baseline Road, Suite 123, in Laveen, and is open and operating as of September 8, 2017. Franchise owner Pat Kieny is bringing the brand back to Laveen with extensive experience as an owner of two other Native locations in Phoenix.

“I’m thrilled to reintroduce a staple Arizona brand like Native Grill & Wings to the people of Laveen,” said Kieny. “Native already has a loyal following throughout Arizona, and we can’t wait to see Laveen become another hub for local chicken wing lovers.”

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.

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.

“I am confident that Pat will continue to bring success to each area he introduces Native in,” said CEO Dan Chaon. “We’re incredibly proud of the recognition and iconic status we’ve received in our own backyard over the past three decades, and we’re excited to see the brand continue to expand throughout Arizona.”

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.”