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GM walked by Wingo’s yesterday and saw a dismaying scene: The interior of the restaurant is completely empty. There had been a sign up recently announcing a vacation, but there was no sign any more, and the place was barren. It looked like a restaurant that was no more.
GM was particularly alarmed by the apparent closing. You see, a few years ago GM started a series on the Georgetown Metropolitan called “Our Town”. It was supposed to be a series where GM would profile a different independent shop. Unfortunately GM didn’t get very far in the series; he only did two: Proper Topper and Wingo’s. Well, Proper Topper closed it’s Georgetown shop about a year later (the Dupont location is still open and doing well). And so if Wingo’s closed, then it would give GM’s Our Town a small business kill-ratio of 100%. Continue reading
Today GM turns back to another of his occasional series; this time it’s Our Town, where GM takes a closer look at one of the great little independent shops in Georgetown. Today’s Our Town: Wingo’s at 3207 O St.
A Bronx-born kid, Mike Arthur has always loved food. He worked in delis and caterers in New York before heading off to Michigan State. After college he settled in Washington and opened a bagel shop with his sister in 1995. After running the shop for five years, he had to sell the store to take care of his ailing father in 2000. Following his father’s death, Mike realized that he still had a passion for food and so he opened up Wingo’s nine years ago.
Obviously, the core of Wingo’s offerings is chicken wings. And that’s still the bulk of the restaurant’s orders. But the restaurant also offers a pretty big menu for a take-out joint, from breakfast items to over 20 different types of sandwiches (including the new Mongolian Beef sandwich).
“I wanted to do something I eat, I like” Mike told GM, “this is my food: wings, burgers, turkey burgers, salads, milkshakes. Maybe I just never grew up, but I relate to the kids better.” Being on the same wavelength, gastronomically, with college kids has ensured Wingo’s a loyal fanbase at Georgetown U. and GW. In fact, Georgetown Voice recently affirmed Wingo’s as the best wing purveyor in Georgetown. Continue reading