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Posted on July 30, 2016
A new upscale sports bar is opening this coming week and the owner wants wing-lovers to “Get Baked.”
Sam Osborne, owner of the new Island Wing Company Grill & Bar Tallahassee at 1370 Market St., serves wings for the hard-core wing lover, but there isn’t a fryer or any grease on the premises. All the wings and french fries are baked.
“We have some really hot wings too,” he said, “In fact, we have some so hot we give you rubber gloves to eat them with. They’re made with scorpion sauce.”
Anyone who can eat 10 in less than eight minutes gets a t-shirt.
“They’re that hot,” Osborne said with a laugh. But with 60 to 70 percent less fat than fried wings, he’s hoping to appeal to the more health-conscious too. In addition to wings, the full menu offers appetizers, salads, flatbread, tacos, and island-themed entrees. It also offers burgers, including the “Intimidator,” a giant of a burger made with a full pound of meat.
Island Wing Company is very much a family-friendly sports bar, with a large and prominent bar, 40 TV screens, 300 seats, and 81 beer taps.
“No one has more beer taps in Tallahassee,” Osborne said.
But Osborne thinks when customers look around at the rest of the restaurant, they’ll realize very quickly it’s a place they’ll want to come in the evening to sit and relax.
Outside there is another bar and seating for 100, including several “bungalows” complete with large sofas and fire pits.
“It’s really laid-back, but nice and upscale, too,” he said. Osborne said the outdoor area is a great place to relax and enjoy a martini.
Osborne describes Island Wing Company as a “restaurant with great food in a family sports bar atmosphere” with an inviting, upscale outdoor area.
Its hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight daily, except Friday and Saturday, when it is open until 2 a.m.
Osborne also owns 24 Tropical Smoothie franchises and was its first franchisee. He explained Island Wing Company Grill & Bar is the brain-child of Tropical Smoothie’s founder and CEO. The first Island Wing Company was built in Auburn in 2012. The Tallahassee restaurant is the fifth.