'Wings Over' Possibly Coming to East Arlington

The wing franchise, a favorite late-night destination at major universities along the East Coast and in the Midwest, is set to go before the Board of Selectmen Monday.

A Wings Over, the franchise known for its airplane-inspired orders, such as the B-17 Bomber (60 wings), could be coming to East Arlington, according to the Board of Selectmen’s Monday agenda.

Robert Savin, who already owns a handful of Wings Over franchises, according to a MassLive.com article this past summer, is scheduled to go before the board for a common victualler, or operating, license.

Savin is looking to open “Wings Over Arlington” at what is now The Wing Place and what was WhattaWing! not too long ago. The requested location is at 218 Massachusetts Ave., just a few doors down from the Capitol Theatre.

If approved, “Wings Over Arlington” would be the 30th Wings Over franchise in the country and eighth in Massachusetts, with the closest being in Somerville, at 518 Somerville Ave. outside Porter Square, and Brookline. The Wings Over franchises tend to be in major college towns along the East Coast and in the Midwest.

Have you been to a Wings Over before? If so, what’d you think? Let us know by posting a comment below.

Drew November 02, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I'm confused. Is it just a coincidence regarding names that that the "Wings Over" wants to move in where the "Wing Place currently is and where Whadda Wing" used to be?? Are they all related??
Stephanie Marlin-Curiel November 02, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Was never thrilled about having a wing place in the area at all. Guess it doesn't quite matter which one, although we generally eschew franchises at least in this part of town, which I think is a good policy. Once you let one in....it sets a precedent for more.
Arlington Community Voice November 02, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Also, since Wing Over seems associated with college areas, won't this attract a strong college crowd? I am all for business in Arlington but don't think I want to see (or hear) college students hanging around on Mass Ave at all hours of the night after drinking and partying as they wait for their wing orders. I've seen it in Medford on Boston Ave and on Mass Ave in Cambridge. Perhaps they should have to close at 9. Most of the other locations are open to 2 AM. Seems pretty late for Arlington.
Patricia November 02, 2012 at 02:02 PM
They won't let McDonlds in but it's okay to have wings. Awful
Duds November 02, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Another plot by the MOONBATS to erode the foundations of our fair town. Take your "organic" chicken wings and your neon Prius' and bike back to your left wing cocoons.
Tim November 02, 2012 at 02:57 PM
The Wings Over franchise has terrible food . The one on Somerville Ave. is terrible . There is no way the place is going to be open til 2 am unless there is a special Beer Pong Game going on up by the Stratton . That way the youngster can have something to help with the munchie cravings lol....
Drew November 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Once again..can anybody please tell me the difference between the "Wings" that is going in, the "Wings that is there and the "Wings that was there before that?????
JEFF November 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM
As a life long resident,the foundation of arlington is a working class with a family attitude.when did we change to not wanting kids around.of any age.you live on a mainst or near a park or school but yet u dont want the noise and kids that go with it.unreal.good luck i hope the wings are good!
Tim November 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I never said I don't like kids . I just think a place staying open til 2 am doesn't fit . Tiki Inn stays open late til 12 am . That's late enough for this town .
Duds November 02, 2012 at 06:15 PM
smerls November 02, 2012 at 08:48 PM
@Drew, They are all different owners. Whata Wings moved in first and then sold to the people who now own the wing place. The wing place people could be changing to a wings over franchise but I it sounds like the owner of several wings over franchises is going to take over the wings place. As for the food they all focus on Wings hence the play or wings name....
smerls November 02, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I think your assuming it will be open until 2. What other place in Arlington is open until 2?? It will probably only be open until 10-11..unless they are going for a special permit which for a wings place they probably will not get...but who knows...
Edgen November 03, 2012 at 01:08 AM
And they'll be wearing SPANDEX and BIKING in SPECIAL LANES and make them serve TOFU WINGS.
Tim November 03, 2012 at 01:56 AM
They will be ordering peanut free wings too ...
Tim November 03, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Savoir-Faire is everywhere.....
Patrick Johnson November 03, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Probably because the space is already configured for cooking wings. Makes it an easy move. Never liked the wings at Wing Place, but loved the tenders. I'll be sad to see them go. My guess is that the chain won't be as good.
Patrick Johnson November 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Not late enough for me. I'd love to be able to order food until 2am. Most places in Arlington stop at 9 or 10 which is way too early.
Christopher J Kielty November 05, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I think people are way too stuck up around here. They ban leaf blowers and now we should outlaw chicken wings? Before you know it red meat will be banned from Arlington. Some people should drive home in the Prius and mind there own buisness
Donald Mei November 09, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I moved into town in April and immediately went to the Wing Place. I love wings. I thought the wings were decent, but way overpriced. Wings should be cheap. I think it cost me a buck a wing. Thanks but no thanks.
Lauren November 14, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I went to school in Worcester & we would often go to Wings Over Worcester. Their wings are pretty good - they offer a nice variety of flavors & levels of spiciness. Sure, it was usually pretty crowded but Worcester is a HUGE college city. I don't foresee Arlington getting the same amount of traffic, at least from that demographic, so I wouldn't be too concerned about noise level, etc.
Native of Tennessee November 20, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Some interesting opinions indeed, but seriously that's about all you can it. First, as for the comment about the Wings Over Somerville's food being terrible, let me just say that I for one totally disagree with you on that, I find the food to be very tasty myself. So once again it is a matter of opinion. Second, please tell me what is wrong with the "college crowd" and might I appropriatly say "The Future of America" and its economic good. I have raised two perfectly acceptable American citizens, who are now college students, and deserve the right to live anywhere they choose without being discriminated against or their rights trampled on by elitist who feel they have the right to tell others in this country how and where they live. Do you people not have kids of your own who will one day be this "college crowd" you are so quick to write off now? Were you not ever part of the "college crowd" and try to live life to its fullest? And if so, then why would you try to deny others of that right? What is the problem with college students? They are too loud? Well they make ear plugs that can solve that problem. They don't go to bed with the chickens? The last I recalled we live in the year of 2012 and not the years of the Great Depression when families had to rise with the sun, to go out and work the farms, in order to have food on the tables. Besides you people already outlawed leaf blowers, lord help us if we need or had to depend on real farming equipment in this area.
Aron Levy December 30, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Ick. There are so very many better wing places around here, even the national chains. Wings Over X is overpriced, and frankly I find their quality lacking. While I never got over to WhaddaWing! (it wasn't convenient for me), I always appreciate the allusion to 'The Sopranos.' It always made me smile and chuckle as I drove past.
saul glick December 30, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Well, i don't like it when people criticize businesses. It just leads to one business criticizing another business and plugging their own. But plugging is ok with me, but don't criticize. My plug for wings, is Market Basket in Burlington...I just wish they would cook them a tad longer, but i find them awesome and addicting too.
John December 30, 2012 at 02:21 AM
the people that complain, complain about everything. That 's all they have. heck, they even complain about themselves.
mike hawk January 08, 2013 at 12:57 AM
People in arlington are so weak.. if others eant to order food at 2 am who gives a damn. Shouldnt u be sleeping then if u live on mass ave why are you expecting quiet?
John January 08, 2013 at 01:06 AM
kind of like your boycott someone else's website campaign. It's ok for you to be biased and critical when it suits you.


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