We know Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice loves chicken wings. How do we know that? Last year, he invested in the Wingstop franchise and planned to open five new locations in the Seattle area.
Now, a year later, Rice's first Wingstop is opening. Rice tweeted on Friday that he was headed to his first restaurant, in Tacoma, for the shop's grand opening.
"Wingstop is my favorite restaurant. I travel a lot, and as soon as I land, the first thing I do is find the closest Wingstop," Rice said in June 2013. "When I was given the opportunity to join the company, I knew it was a chance I couldn't pass up."
Richardson, Texas-based Wingstop has more than 570 franchise locations in the U.S. and Mexico. The first Seattle-area Wingstop opened in October 2012 in Bellevue and there's another location in Tukwila. There are two more Wingstops in the Tri-Cities.
Rice created his own company, Rice Wings LLC, and partnered with the owner-operators of the Bellevue location to open up five new shops around Seattle. In his Instagram post Friday, he said the Tacoma location is the first of his five to open.
Rice is apparently not the first sports personality to join Wingstop. The company said it has partnerships with former NFL players Willie McGinest and Ron Stone, NFL free agent Shawntae Spencer, the NBA's Drew Gooden and Voshon Lenard - plus football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman is the national Wingstop spokesman.