National French Fry Day set for July 13

Stop into Wings Etc. to pair straight or curly fries with your favorite dish

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (July 9, 2021)— Baked, mashed, or fried, the potato is one of the most versatile side dishes in the world, and annually on July 13, the nation comes together to celebrate one of the best forms in which a potato can be presented: the French fry.

While the name “French fry” might lead one to believe the crispy, fried fritters were first made in France, there is a debate between the French and Belgians on who should be credited for creating the golden-brown sticks.

Belgians claim that they have been making fries since the 1600s when fish-deprived villagers would fry and eat potatoes in the winter while the River Meuse was iced over. On the other hand, the French claim the fried concoction came about in the 1700s when street vendors sold fried potatoes to citizens who needed affordable food just before the French Revolution.

While the debate continues regarding who should get the credit for creating French fries, there was a clear winner on naming rights. Thanks to a shared language between the French and the Belgians, Americans who were stationed in southern Belgium in WWI, where the dominant language is French, began popularizing the term “French fry.”

Thanks to their popularity among Americans in Europe, eventually, the fries made their way across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States, where they have now become a favorite side dish to hot dogs, burgers, wings, and more.

Today, fries come in many shapes and sizes. This July 13, celebrate National French Fry Day with straight or curly fries at Wings Etc., where fries are cooked to a perfect crispy golden brown. To add an extra bit of goodness, order them loaded with nacho cheese, sour cream, and bacon bits.

Stop into a locally owned Wings Etc. for “Good Food, Great Times.”

About the Wings Etc. Grill & Pub Franchise Opportunity

Founded in 1994 by Jim Weaver in the South Bend, Indiana area, Wings Etc. is a family-friendly grill and pub with a diverse menu featuring award-winning jumbo Buffalo wings, 22 signature sauces, fresh- never-frozen gourmet burgers, smoked ribs, sandwiches, subs, wraps, salads, kids meals, over 40 domestic and craft beer selections in bottles and on tap, dozens of large HDTVs tuned to the best sports programming, and a casual, non-corporate-y, laid-back “vibe” that makes people want to just come in and hang out. In addition to its popular sports programming, menu and beverage options, Wings Etc. offers kid-friendly, arcade-quality video games, weekday lunch and food specials, online ordering and much more.

Franchising since 2004, Wings Etc. Grill & Pub has been named one of Restaurant Business Magazine’s “Future Franchises” for three consecutive years and has also been named one of Franchise Gator’s “Top 100 Franchises” for four consecutive years. Wings Etc. continues to grow and succeed by partnering with franchise operators who share the Wings Etc. Vision, Mission and Values, a commitment to building a successful business while helping build stronger communities and people, and to having fun!

Wings Etc. offers single and multiunit franchise options. The initial franchise fee is $39,500, with a $200,000 liquid cash investment, and $500,000 minimum net worth requirement for interested prospects. Wings Etc. offers one of the lowest startup costs and break-even franchise opportunities in the full-service restaurant segment. Priority growth markets include Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Alabama and Florida.

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