Whether you're looking for a place to watch the big game or simply looking to kick back with a cool beer and some "pub grub," there's a new sports bar in Ashland.

Wings Etc. Grill & Pub is a regional chain that recently opened its 80th location, near Russell Plaza. Jim Weaver established the business in 1994 in South Bend, Indiana. Today, Wings Etc. is a chain stretching as far southeast as South Carolina and as far northwest as Wisconsin.

"This bar was built from the ground up. Our owner, Ray Davis, lives in the Russell area. He grew up here and raised his family here. He researched several franchises before he chose this one because he liked their laid-back style, the menu and the people who ran the corporate franchise.

He chose this location off of U.S. 23 because time studies show about 28,000 cars pass this area every day," said Joe Bonner, general manager of Wings Etc. "We broke ground back in September. We had a soft opening on Tuesday, May 28, with a grand opening on the 29th."

The restaurant has 34 television sets, an outside patio, and 20 beers on tap, including Kentucky favorites like West Sixth Brewery and Country Boy Brewing.

The restaurant offers jumbo chicken wings with a choice of 22 sauces and three dry rubs starting at $8.59 for a small order of traditional wings or $7.54 for seven boneless wings. Sauce choices include Spicy Hot Honey, Asian Kick and the dreaded Wall hot sauce. Other appetizers include grilled chicken quesadillas ($9.49), onion rings ($6.49) and jalapeno cheese poppers ($6.49.)

There's also an assortment of lunch and dinner options including "fresh, not frozen" hamburgers like the First Class Burger ($9.99) topped with Swiss cheese, bacon, and sauteed mushrooms. Sandwiches include the Hawgzilla pulled pork ($8.99), an Italian beef sandwich ($9.99), and a buffalo chicken sandwich ($9.49).

Customers can also enjoy Yuengling-battered fish and chips ($9.99), pork fajita tacos ($9.49), and baby back ribs ($11.49 half rack, $17.49 full rack). There's a special lunch menu served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"I would like to say what sets us apart is the friendly atmosphere. Our food is outstanding!" Joe Bonner said.

Wings Etc. is at 35 Russell Plaza Drive in Ashland, next to the Best Western. It is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For carry-out orders, call 606-393-5609.

For specials, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WingsEtc

Russell/. For a menu and company information visit them online at https://wingsetc.com/.

NAME: Wings Etc. Grill & Pub

TYPE OF FOOD: American Sports Bar

ADDRESS: 35 Russell Plaza Drive, Ashland, KY 41101

HOURS: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

PHONE: 606-393-5609

PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards

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