Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  18 responses

Drew Gooden Now Selling Chicken Wings

It’s imperative for pro athletes to diversify their revenue streams — especially when their main gigs get taken away — so Drew Gooden would like for you to buy some of his wings. Reports the Orlando Business Journal: “Gooden — who played last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and had two seasons with Orlando in the early 2000s — along with operating partner George Taylor III last month inked a deal with Texas restaurant chain Wingstop Inc. to open four new restaurants in the Orlando area. The pair, as Zerocon Food Systems LLC, plan to open the eatery in areas such as Altamonte Springs, Dr. Phillips, Lake Mary, the University of Central Florida main campus area in east Orlando and Winter Park, just to name a few possible locations. Gooden said he expects to sign the first lease by the end of this month, most likely in the Altamonte Springs area. Stores will range from 1,200-1,800 square feet and will start out employing up to six or so workers, Gooden said. Zerocon Food Systems also is mostly on the lookout for existing restaurant space, so it can capture good traffic once the stores open. Gooden’s goal: To grow Wingstop in Orlando to the proportions of Five Guys Burgers and Fries or Jimmy Johns. ‘I did lot of research on different franchises,’ he said, adding that he wanted to land a Five Guys deal, but that the only franchises available were outside of the United States. ‘Wingstop is where Five Guys was four years ago, and now it’s got 15-20 locations throughout Orlando.’”

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  • james

    I hope Drew’s “research” went beyond product sampling. . . . We have a Wingstop in St. Louis and it is nothing to get excited about.

  • Cizzo

    The Wingstop is Fire down in Houston and Dallas so exspanding out is not a bad Idea… Drew and all the NBA lockout victims need to diversify thier assats anyways… Great move…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Sam Riches

    Drew’s going to have to compete against Big Z’s deli empire for processed food supremacy.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Meh, I never understood why people would go buy wings somewhere when they’re extremely easy to make at home just the way you want them for a lot less money.

  • Patrick

    IT’s got 15-20 locations already in Orlando, and he wants to add 4 more to the city?

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @Enigmatic. Maybe for the atmosphere… And perhaps watching games with people.

  • joe

    Patrick…there are about 15-20 five guys in the Orlando area. Only 1 wing stop off the top of my head i know of in the area. It’s a smart move!

  • MaxIsNative

    What can’t this man do….

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Zerocon Food Systems? That’s his holding company? Weird name. Makes me thing of “Zero Confidence in our Food System” or “Zero Control of our Food Systems”.

  • O

    Word to enigmatic. I make theee murda fried chicken wings, kid. My fam and homies stay asking “Yo O, when you making them wings again?” Of course they expect me to pay for the wings AND ingredients. SMH…

  • http://SlamOnline.com Mars

    “Yo O, when you making them wings again?”…lol…@O. you a fool…” Do people even cook anymore thats the question? I remember when I EVER GOT TO go out to eat as being a treat like birthday/graduation/going-away etc, now supposedly everyone is too busy to cook. Too busy doing what, I say? Word tp @Enigmatic, most cooking is Madd easy son. And cheaper. And it’s a recession people. FML

  • O

    LOLOL @ Mars.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Y’all got me in the mood to make some wings tonight!
    I’ma make some of my crispy sriracha sauce wings

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Enigmatic, make sure to have the pepto bismol handy and a clear path to the toilet.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I always do, JTaylor.

  • sup3rstar

    this guy switches teams too much

  • hushabomb

    Drew Gooden should research what Dan Majerle did in Phoenix with his “Majerles” restaurants. He now has a couple of restaurants in Arizona and they are still up and runnin after 15 yrs. Most restaurants close in 2-3. He got successful outside of the NBA and now Thunder Dan can live off that for the rest of his life.

    Start small and work big Drew.

  • http://bedotwater.bandcamp.com BE.water

    These rap Dudes are soft Like R&B Singers. Its 4-Ize i work For Wings and Chicken fingers.