Work began last week on a new sports bar and restaurant in Jackson. Wings, Etc. is set to open in February in the former Movie Gallery location on East Jackson Boulevard.
Owner Joe Hobbs grew up in the restaurant business, working with his family who owned a country kitchen in Atlanta. He and his wife Michelle Hobbs previously owned a sub shop in Flordia before moving to Jackson his wife's hometown. Most recently he worked for Logan's Road House.
When the couple started looking at restaurant franchise opportunities, Joe Hobbs said the vibe was right with Wings, Etc.
The franchise got its start in South Bend, Ind., and is known for jumbo wings with 18 different sauces to choose from. Its menu also offers ribs, burgers, salads and wraps.
"Everybody has been crying about needing a sports bar in Jackson for years," Hobbs said. "The casualness and family oriented fun of Wings, etc. was the right fit."
Extensive interior renovations are underway now and a patio will be added this spring.
Hobbs hopes to be open in mid-February. This restaurant, like the one he grew up working in will be a family affair. His children, Allison and Austin Hobbs will also help with the business. He plans to hire between 40 and 50 employees to staff the new sports bar.
Follow their progress until opening at www.Facebook.com/wingsetcjackson or on at www.twitter.com/wingsetcjackson.