SELMA — Pluckers Wing Bar just hatched its first South Texas eatery.
After six years, “we finally found a spot in Selma we felt would be the right location to enter the San Antonio market,” said co-founder Dave Paul.
It opened in early July at 14881 Interstate 35 North, near Loop 1604.
A second Pluckers, coming next spring, was recently announced for the southeast corner of 1604 and Interstate 10 West in San Antonio.
In 1995, Paul and business partners Mark and Sean Greenberg conceived the idea of the original Pluckers while attending the University of Texas at Austin.
The trio realized there was nowhere on campus to get chicken wings.
“So, we said, ‘Why don’t we open a chicken-wing place since nobody’s doing it?’” Paul said.
“We wanted to drop out of school our freshman year to do it, but our parents told us to stay in school,” he added.
The three opened their first location a week after graduating and have since debuted more than 20 other locations from Austin to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
“Each store is very unique to the market it’s located in, but each location makes all the food and dressings daily in-house and from scratch,” Paul said.
Wings are available bone-in or boneless, fried or grilled. Patrons can choose from some two-dozen sauces such as buffalo, spicy barbecue, spicy ranch, ginger peach sriracha, gochujang (sweet and spicy Korean sauce) and spicy mandarin.
“Right now, my favorite sauce is the ‘Vampire Killer’ (spicy garlic),” Paul said.
Burgers, sandwiches, salads and fried sides are available, too.
Televisions are abundant, according to Paul. There are about 50-60 sets in the new location, with state-of-the-art audio and visual systems.
Pluckers is family-friendly and features daily events including trivia night, all-you-can-eat specials and discounted drinks. There are 24 draft beers, with local craft-brew options, and 10 Pluckers specialty cocktails.
Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight daily.