Hooters Spin-Off Hoots Wings Opening in Jersey City

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Hoots Wings will open in Jersey City at 525 Washington Boulevard in Newport. Photo courtesy Hoots Wings.

A fast-casual franchise known for its “chicken wings and other things” is coming soon to a storefront near the Hudson River and three other prominent Garden State cities will also be welcoming the brand over the next two years.

Hoots Wings is set to launch their first New Jersey outpost on the ground floor of Newport Tower at 525 Washington Boulevard. The eatery will be taking residence inside space that previously hosted a Kobeyaki outpost that closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and is aiming to open the location sometime next month.

The brand, an offshoot of Hooters that aims to provide a best-in-class wings concept, has significantly expanded across the country in recent years via various franchise agreements. The restaurant’s bread and butter consists of a variety of wings served either in a traditional breaded style, naked, roasted, or marinated and hickory smoked overnight.

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A wing sampling. Photo courtesy Hoots Wings.

Regular and boneless selections are both featured at Hoots Wings along with a plethora of sauces ranging from parmesan garlic, honey Thai chili pepper, teriyaki chipotle honey, hot honey buffalo, and spicy garlic. Sides at the restaurant include waffle fries, tots, mac ‘n’ cheese, mozzarella sticks, and fried pickles.

The initial Hoots Wings in New Jersey will be located adjacent to the upcoming Kura Sushi, space previously occupied by B. Good. Newport Tower is currently undergoing a significant overhaul that will create a new two-story atrium lobby along with a revamped entrance designed to increase light and visibility.

Hoots Wings has more in store for the area, as Restaurant News reported a six-unit franchise deal back in May that will open new locations along the East Coast. Four of those spots will be in the Garden State, with Newark, Hoboken, and Atlantic City all set to gain outposts of Hoots Wings by 2023.


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