SPRING HILL - Since the Pickled Parrot opened in 2005, it's kitchen has seen several changes, from independent owners of the interior cafe who tried different types of food to periods when the kitchen remained closed.
And manager, Dominique Griffin and her husband, Mat, a renowned DJ who attracts a consistent following to the well-known club, have been on board for nearly as long as the establishment has been operating.
It made sense, then, that the Griffins might consider operating the kitchen as an independent grill, molding an establishment inside the iconic facility that would cater to the customers they had been serving for more than eight years.
Mat Griffin approached his wife with an idea to lease the kitchen and operate an establishment that would thrive inside Pickled Parrot.
"No one ever tried to target the outside, not just to get the customers in here but open it up to catering and big orders of wings or whatever we have," Mat Griffin said. "And do a short bar menu. Don't try and be a chef in a bar."
Wings 2 Go Grill will hold its official grand opening on Sunday, debuting its menu of plump and tasty wings and other bar cuisine for the Super Bowl.
It makes sense to serve wings, Dominique Griffin said, because that is what most of her customers want while watching a band or following a game.
In fact, wings are big business in the county, offered at most establishments that cater to sports bar and club atmospheres. And the Griffins wanted to build a reputation for having the best wings with a variety that would appeal to nearly every taste.
Traditional hot, bone-in wings top their menu. But Wings 2 Go has added Habanera (very hot), mild, medium, authentic Buffalo, garlic, honey bbq, bbq, blackened, parmesan, and teriyaki. They also have wing dings (boneless wings) in the same flavors as their bone-in wings.
Wings 2 Go Grill also prepares pizza, burgers, chicken tenders and several appetizers.
"We will do their wings any way they want them," Dominique Griffin said. They are not opposed to splitting orders and mixing as many flavors as customers want.
The new grill is an addition to an already popular club, one inside a building that has been serving customers for decades in Hernando County.
Bill Rollings of Spring Hill is a loyal customer of Pickled Parrot. Rollings, who is originally from Buffalo, NY, knows a thing or two about chicken wings.
"The wings are the best around and these two are fantastic people," he said.
With live bands every weekend along with live DJs, and special events scheduled throughout the year, the Pickled Parrot is one of Hernando County's most popular night clubs.
The Griffins hope to make Wings 2 Go a favorite as well.
A club full of customers and a clever pitch won't hurt.
"We don't let the bands announce that the kitchen is about to close," Dominique said. "Instead we say 'last call for Wings 2 Go' and that gets everyone thinking about taking some wings home."
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