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Hurricane Grill & Wings opens first Colorado location in Littleton

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Restaurant offers a taste of Key West

By Chris Ferguson

A new business has blown into town and reinvigorated a once-abandoned building.

Hurricane Grill & Wings now occupies the building of the long-shuttered Ruby Tuesday near AMC Bowles Crossing, near West Bowles Avenue and South Wadsworth Boulevard. The restaurant is the culmination of nearly three years of work, said general manager Michael Garcia. The business, which opened Monday, has hired nearly 100 employees, said Garcia.

The franchise took over a building that had been neglected since the former restaurant closed several years ago. Hurricane worked with an architect to reconfigure the space, and undertook an extensive renovation. The company faced some setbacks during construction, with late-spring snows slowing the work. The new restaurant offers a South Florida concept with a Key West aesthetic. 

“We’ve got 35 different varieties of wings, which is double to our closest competitor. Our wings are jumbo fresh wings. Our wings are never frozen,” Garcia said. 

Aside from wings, choices range from appetizers to salads and wraps to seafood. Garcia said the restaurant is priced to be competitive with area eateries.

“We’ve brought the sunny Florida vacation to Colorado,” Garcia said.

A large bar seats up to 40 people and serves 24 draft beers and 12 specialty drinks. The 6,600-square-foot building seats 230 inside and 40 outside. The patio faces west and offers a large HDTV. There is also a private banquet room for fantasy-sports drafts, birthday gatherings or other celebrations.

Happy hour runs from opening to 6 p.m., offering half off mixed drinks, draft beer and wine, with select appetizers priced at $5. There will also be a late-night happy hour from 8 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

The restaurant opens early on Sundays for NFL fans, offering NFL Sunday Ticket on 25 TVs.

Despite the size of the bar, the restaurant is family-oriented, Garcia said. The restaurant provides a small game room for kids, and children eat free on Tuesdays. 

The opening marks the 55th store nationwide and the farthest west the company has expanded. The company plans to open 12 restaurants in Colorado. The Littleton location is expected to be the largest in the state and the “mothership” location. 

Garcia said the company wants to be part of the community through membership in the local chamber of commerce and giving back when it can. The company will donate a check for $2,000 to the Colorado Fallen Firefighters  Foundation, Garcia said. 

The company was attracted to the area because it has a “good family dynamic and a strong neighborhood, and we have a great location for drive-by traffic,” Garcia said. “We’re excited to be part of the community, and we’re excited to bring the company to Colorado.” 

“Our expectations are high,” Garcia said. “We think that we’re going to become a household name like any of the big chains — from our food quality, our service, and our philosophy of being community partners.”

E-mail story ideas to Chris Ferguson at chris@evergreenco.com.