Eddie Renshaw is hungry talking about his own food – which is a good sign since he’s been grilling chicken wings non-stop at home and at work for seven years. But fans of King of Wings, the food truck-turned-restaurant that Renshaw owns with Evan Pierce, are even hungrier: they’ve been without it since December, when a fire closed the restaurant.
They won’t have to wait too long. Not only does King of Wings plan to reopen its original location at 7741 W. 44th Ave. in Wheat Ridge by the end of the year, but it’s also launching a second King of Wings in early 2023 in Golden that will be 50% larger.
“It hasn’t been open for almost a year. We can’t wait to get back to it,” Renshaw said. “All the love and support from the community has been amazing. That’s what keeps us going.”
King of Wings Tap & Tequila will take over the 2,800 square foot space that was occupied by Colorado Plus Cidery & Pub at 1100 Arapahoe in Golden. Its new space will feature all King of Wings sauces and grilled (not fried) wings, a tequila bar, margaritas, and a wall of taps featuring 29 local beers — about double the number at the original location.
“We’re pretty entrenched in the local scene,” Pierce added, pointing out that King of Wings has built a large following in suburban western Denver during its years as a brewpub food truck. “It’s also a great location, opposite the Golden Hotel, near the creek.”
Brick-and-mortar operations are important to both Renshaw and Pierce, who sold their food truck when they opened Wheat Ridge restaurants. So, even after the fire, they decided to hold on. “It’s a bigger ballgame, but it’s a lot more fun,” Renshaw said.
King of Wings has captured people’s attention over the past nine months by hosting pop-up events from other food concepts on 44th Avenue, including Little Arthur’s Hoagie’s, which makes and sells sandwiches on-site, and Snipe Burger, which makes burgers on Sunday. Renshaw and Piece also maintained part-time staff during the shutdown.
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