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By Bill "El Wingador" Simmons
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What's Up Food Fans!

It's Bill “El Wingador” Simmons, five-time champ of the infamous Philadelphia Wing Bowl, entrepreneur, TV show and commercial personality, motivational speaker, published author, and soon-to-be restaurant owner!

Looking back, it's safe to say I made the term "El WIngador" a household name, and I'd like to think I helped shape the history of competitive eating. Just take a look below!

Yeah, that was a long time ago, but when you think “Chicken” in Philadelphia, the name "El Wingador" immediately comes to mind. My brand, combined with my spectacular El Wingador sauces, were a big hit all across America!

This, of course, will be the driving force in establishing my El Wingador restaurant!

What's El Wingador? And What's On The Menu?!

El Wingador is a high-quality chicken/chicken wing quick-casual restaurant with a family-friendly environment.

I (along with my chef) have developed my own chicken recipes, adapted partially on my Puerto Rican heritage. The menu will include chicken wings featuring classic El Wingador sauces, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, salads, specialty Mac n’ Cheese, "El Ringador" onion rings, fresh cut french fry options, and an unexpected dessert that features fried chicken and donuts.

Help Me Build El Wingador

As you know by now, food has been a tremendous part of my life. I basically became an overnight celebrity because I have an "eating disorder." Wing Bowl provided me with opportunities I never would have experienced otherwise, and it's opened a door to an audience that has loved me through the good times and bad. El Wingador is a part of me, but I can't do it alone.

We are really excited to get cooking, but putting a restaurant together takes hard work and dedication. I have a fantastic team ready to help me, and I'm surrounded by the right people to make that happen. But the best place I can go on a public forum to help my dream become a reality, is here.

The Kickstarter campaign will generate buzz and build anticipation for what I’m certain will be a fantastic restaurant offering value and extraordinary menu options. I can’t wait to share my family recipes with our customers, who we know will love our wings and the high quality food we will offer. I trained like a maniac getting ready for those Wing Bowls, and I guarantee you I will do the same in my efforts to make our customers satisfied!

 Wanna hear more about me? Click on the link below!

 

Risks and challenges

In life there's always risks. It was a risk for me to enter Wing Bowl, but I think you can agree it paid off well for me. It's the reason I'm writing this right now. Opening a restaurant, while a dream for many, is no exception. Marketing your business, bringing in new customers and developing repeat clientele are just three of the common obstacles owners face. Moreover, Philadelphia and its surrounding areas are some of the most heavily populated cities in the country! I can't rely on my name alone- not even for one customer visit.

However, I'm at a certain age in my life with past troubles behind me and I have the dedication, mindset, drive and team in place to make this all happen. Anybody who knows me will tell you that if I set out to do something, it gets done. Every time. Guaranteed.

In today's world, people are passing over restaurants that don't meet their standards of quality. Between budgeting, projecting and making sure my classic sauce is perfect, every minute detail has to be paid attention to. Because of this, we promise to our backers, guests and supporters of El Wingador that your experience at our restaurant will be one to remember. Our fast-casual atmosphere stresses quality. We want you back at El Wingador twice a week or more!

I ask you to have faith in me. I promise you that you will keep coming back, and your family will share fond memories of El Wingador restaurants for years to come.

It's serious fricken chicken!

MEET THE TEAM

Bill Simmons
Co-founder, Chief Personality Officer (alternative: Chief Engagement Officer)
Five-Time Wing Bowl Champ
TV and Radio Personality
Motivational Speaker
Author
Passionate Foodie and Eater!

Joe Vallee
Co-Founder, Chief Administrative Officer
Entrepreneur
Author
Founder, Rainbow Rabbit
Founder, Philly2Philly.com
Speaker
Voice Artist

Bob Silzle
Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer
McDonald’s Executive and Multi-Unit Owner/Operator
Chief Operating Officer, Rockham 5G, developer and operator of 29 Five Guys Burgers & Fries
CEO of Franchise Success, Inc.
COO of SMB Franchise Advisors
Facilitator of Fun at The Fun Dept

DEPARTMENT HEADS - SUPPORT TEAM OF TRUE PROFESSIONALS

MARKETING: Peter Breslow, Owner of Peter Breslow Consulting & Public Relations

LEGAL: Lee Herman, Esq. Business Attorney for El Wingador Restaurants, LLC

ACCOUNTING: Gina Edwards, Owner of Resolution Accounting Services

TECHNOLOGY: Jason Edwards, Owner of Real Fire Films and Web-based equity funding expert

ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING: Ray Rola, Architect

REAL ESTATE: Stanton Brown, Executive Vice President, Michael Salove & Co

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    Signed Copy of "Snow On The Barb Wire"

    Receive an autographed copy of Bill "El Wingador" Simmons autobiography "Snow On The Barb Wire" from Simmons, co-author Joe Vallee, and sports radio legend Angelo Cataldi. Note: Alaska and Hawaii residents will pay extra shipping.

    After developing a reputation as a ferocious eater in his small South Jersey town in the late 1990s, Bill, who stands at 6'5" and weighed 290 pounds at the time, received a random phone call that changed his life forever. The call was from a former contestant of Wing Bowl, an a chicken wing eating eating contest created by Philadelphia sports talk show hosts Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti, who believed Bill had what it took to become an eating champion. After passing the eating stunt on SportsRadio 610WIP (now 94WIP), Simmons became a contestant for Wing Bowl- and promptly won the contest. Bill Simmons was now known throughout the Delaware Valley as "El Wingador." Bill's "every man" personality, combined with his natural charisma and national appeal, made him a household name. His five Wing Bowl championships are still a record, and gave him the title of the "World's Greatest 30-Minute Eater." Bill's numerous television appearances and commercials helped bring Wing Bowl to massive heights and national attention, and the event now attracts 20,000 attendees each year.

    Behind the scenes however, there was trouble brewing. A recession, followed by a failed business venture and the events surrounding its demise, left Bill in desolate circumstances, which led him down a dangerous and destructive path of drug dealing. Bill's transgressions caught up with him when he was arrested in 2012 and subsequently sentenced to a lengthy prison term. While incarcerated, Bill faced obstacles he never envisioned for himself. Driven to the brink of despair, Bill didn't give up. He found solace in therapy and Bible Study, and after several more stumbling blocks, his time in jail finally came to an end. Since his release, Bill has rekindled his relationship was his family, and is always willing to spend his time helping others and offering encouragement, so that they don't suffer the same mishaps that he once did.

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    Eating Consultation With El Wingador!

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    Spend Wing Bowl With El Wingador!

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    Hit John's Roast Pork with El Wingador

    Cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches inside the heralded John’s Roast Pork with Owner John Bucci & El Wingador.

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    El Wingador Speaks at Your Event!

    Now a motivational speaker, Bill Simmons will discuss his biography, "Snow On The Barb Wire," and his story in and out of the eating world. A talk you don't want to miss! You will also receive a personalized, autographed copy of the book.

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    An Eagles tailgate w/El Wingador!

    Tailgating for an Eagles game at the Linc? You'll need El Wingador and two dozen wings featuring his Private Reserve Sauce! El Wingador will also be your guest at the game! Note: Customer must provide ticket.

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    El Wingador Hosts YOUR Competition!

    Have five-time Wing Bowl Champion Bill Simmons host your own eating competition of your choice in your home! Be ready: Bill might eat all your food! Note: Only available in Southern New Jersey and Regional Philadelphia area.

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    El Wingador In Your Food Challenge!

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    You and up to 10 guests can see how El WIngador prepares his special Private Reserve wings in the comfort of your own home!

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