Hurricane Grill & Wings Welcomes William Richardson as Chief Operating Officer

Rapidly Expanding Restaurant Franchise Appoints New Chief Operating Officer To Propel Brand’s Success

Hurricane Grill & Wings Welcomes William Richardson as Chief Operating Officer
William “Bill” Richardson

Hurricane Grill & Wings, a beach-themed full service restaurant franchise, announced today that William “Bill” Richardson will be joining the executive team as Chief Operating Officer. With more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Richardson will oversee daily operations of all Hurricane Grill & Wings locations.

Prior to joining Hurricane Grill & Wings, Richardson served as Vice President of Company Operations at McAlister’s Deli, where he significantly improved operations, profits and sales results in struggling units, propelling a 18% sales growth for each store in 2014. He also served as Vice President of Operations for TGI Friday’s Northeastern region where he was responsible for the growth and profitability of 75 locations. Other leadership roles he has held include Vice President of Operations at Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy and Regional Vice President of Operations at Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  William joins Hurricane Grill & Wings at an exciting time, having recently opened its first international location in Italy, and has plans to open an additional 15 units this year.  As the concept’s new Chief Operating Officer, Richardson will oversee the continued expansion of the brand as well as ensure its continued operational excellence by maintaining its superior product and service.

“William’s experience paired with his strategic thinking and proven track record make him the right person to execute Hurricane Grill & Wings operational goals and priorities,” said John Metz, chairman and CEO of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “We know that with his natural leadership and vast knowledge of the full-service restaurant industry, he will help drive the Hurricane Grill & Wings brand to the next level.”

“It is a great honor to join the Hurricane Grill & Wings executive team at such a pivotal time of growth and achievement,” said William Richardson, chief operating officer of Hurricane Grill & Wings. “With a powerful business model, exceptional management team and incredible growth opportunity, Hurricane Grill & Wings was the ideal fit, and I look forward to helping the brand reach its full potential.”

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Hurricane Grill & Wings Welcomes William Richardson as Chief Operating OfficerWith over 80 restaurants open or under construction in 16 states and 5 European countries that include Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, Florida-based Hurricane Grill & Wings is known for its jumbo, fresh wings, more than 35 signature sauces and rubs and tropical, laid-back vibe. Named by USA Today as one of “10 Great Places to Wing It,” selected as one of the “Future 50” by Restaurant Business and as one of Franchise Times “Top 40 Fast and Serious,” Hurricane Grill & Wings’ menu includes crave-able Hurricane’s Garlic & Parm fries, tasty salads, seafood entrees and fresh ½ pound burgers. The brand’s signature Rum Bar with over 21 premium rums leads its tropical drinks menu, along with a wide selection of craft beers and wines. The original Hurricane Grill & Wings opened in Fort Pierce, Fla., in 1995 and has expanded to locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, as well as an international restaurant in Italy. There are additional restaurants planned both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit