March 27, 2023


Moving Forward

Michigan entrepreneur opening ninth location in Grand Rapids

Thomas Walker is the CEO of Wing Heaven, and he is taken his “community food items court docket” thought nationwide.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The afternoon sunshine shines through the front door and widows of a restaurant on Madison Avenue, at the corner of Gilbert Street. For now, the dining home is empty, aside from Thomas Walker and his fiancée, who are tricky at work making ready this developing for its new life.

Either at the close of February or early in March, Walker options to open a company in this article. It’ll be one particular of several in what is become somewhat of a compact enterprise empire.

“This one particular will make 9 that we have working all through the country,” Walker claimed.

Walker’s restaurant ownership dates back again to 2004, and he’s arrive up with a idea that sets his firms aside.

“I took all those items I have been cooking above 20 several years and I made brand names of each a single — a burger manufacturer, a wing manufacturer, a fish manufacturer, and collectively place them under a person roof and I get in touch with it the neighbor food stuff court docket,” he explained.

The community food stuff courtroom coming to 1269 Madison SE will consist of five brands:

  • The Tender Lure
  • Complete Wing Willies
  • Five Homies Burgers and Fries
  • Dippers Rooster and Fish Bites
  • Clucking Crust Chicken Pizzas

“You can go into a 1-halt shop. Possibly the children want burgers. Probably you want to fish. Probably you want pizza. They’ll be correct in this article below the a single roof,” he stated.

Walker suggests a drink he can make identified as “Sweet & Prepared” has definitely assisted his business enterprise choose off and obtain its nationwide status.

“When we initially began it, it was a comical. Persons laughed at it. It was like, distinctive. But now it really is served at just about every cafe in the metropolis, hoping to duplicate what we have carried out. So we took it a stage even more, and we bottled it, and we have set them into suppliers and it can be undertaking seriously perfectly,” Walker said.

Walker claimed he is experienced his eyes on the new spot for a when now, and it’s a local community where by he’d like to see investors assistance produce more opportunities for would-be business owners.

“There are so quite a few abundant folks here in Grand Rapids, and you will find a disconnect. They run the city and there is no doubt about it, but at the close of the day for them to join, they have to hook up to the correct folks.” he explained.

“I think what can we do to start with as a group to get even larger, so we can have much more folks open up and restaurants, is just to bring the income to the correct folks that are heading to do the correct factors with it.”

Walker says there is an unfair perception that the southeast side of the metropolis is perilous, and that going previous that notion will assist bridge the hole.

“Folks have to just stop remaining fearful and link with the people today in the metropolis. There are fantastic people in the town that want to do organization. They just will need the possibility, and they need to be taught the ideal way to how to do business,” he explained.

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