Restaurant industry veteran Martin O’Dowd joined me for a chat. O’Dowd became president of Hurricane Grill and Wings in 2009, another stellar find by Wray Executive Search. Hurricane Grill and Wings is a fast-growing franchise concept with 45 units in six states. O’Dowd is the former CEO of Famous Dave’s of America and Rainforest Café.
Hurricane Grill and Wings is known for its varied menu with over 30 different flavors of wings. What is your favorite kind?
My personal favorite is sea salt and vinegar.
What are the most popular items on the menu besides wings?
Our mahi mahi sandwich and philly cheesesteak.
If you could be anywhere, eating any meal at any restaurant?
Besides being at Hurricane Grill and Wings, I would be in Paris at the L’auberge, and I would be having the scallops with truffle sauce and an ’88 Pouilly-Fuissé.
Hurricane Grill and Wings is a destination for watching sports. What kind of sports do you like to watch?
I like football and soccer. My favorite football team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. That’s my hometown and the Steelers will always be my favorite. I don’t really have a favorite soccer team.
What are you most excited about lately at Hurricane Grill and Wings?
The quality and diversity of our limited time offer menus, and the continued success and growth of sales for our franchise partners.
When it comes to recruiting people for your team, what do you look for?
Passion, smiles, and energy.
What is an interesting little known fact about you?
That I rode bulls in the rodeo in high school and college.
What are some are your biggest interests outside of work?
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