A pivotal conversation with his dad convinced Dwayne Price to launch a lasting culinary career with the creation of Wayne’s Wings.
“One day, my father came down from New Jersey to visit. I didn’t know it at the time, but that would be the last time I would see him alive. … My dad said to me: ‘I’m glad you’re doing well, son. But, what happened to the boy who had all these big dreams of opening his own restaurant?’”
Two months later his dad died and that’s when Price understood there had been a deeper purpose to the visit.
“It just hit me. I asked myself, ‘What is my favorite thing to eat?’ And, it’s fried chicken, so the decision was easy,” Price said. “I jumped in and started my food truck in 2010. It took for my dad to be terminally ill to jolt me into making a move.”
Recently, the entrepreneur opened the latest iteration of the eatery at 4453 Walzem Road.
Partnering with his wife, Roxy, he built a business with 36 different styles of wings.
Selections include 23 wet-sauce varieties such as the very hot “Creeper” made with ghost pepper, jalapeño, hot sauce, barbecue sauce and lemon pepper; the milder “Godfather” with Alfredo sauce and Parmesan; and honey barbecue.
Others are dry, without sauce, including vegetarian options.
Every item can be served traditional or boneless. Sandwiches, like Philly cheesesteaks, are available, too.
“My wife and I built this together. Rain, sleet or shine,” he said.
For more than three years they parked an increasingly popular food truck in the South Texas Medical Center, Price said.
Later, the Prices “got back on the road,” but when the truck caught fire, they opened their first sit-down restaurant in 2016, moving to the new location last spring.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, all orders are only to-go or delivery, and online.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, plus 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
4453 Walzem Road
For more, visit www.wayneswingssa.com or www.facebook.com/Waynes-Wings-1101864259866729