AE Restaurant Group has announced it will open 60 Hoots Wings locations in the US state of Texas, particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Austin.

It is the first franchise agreement since the wing concept and brother brand Hooters introduced the franchise opportunity last year.

Led by Cary and Jackie Albert, AE Restaurant Group intends to open at least six Hoots Wings locations in 2021 and eight to ten locations every year after that.

The company anticipates opening initial locations in northern Fort Worth and suburban Dallas.

Jackie Albert said: “Hoots Wings is an attractive franchise option to Cary and me because we get to be on the ground floor of an emerging concept on the fast-track for growth while benefiting from all the perks of having a national brand backing us.

“The more we dug into Hoots Wings’ food and finances, the more appealing it was. The smaller prototype means we can build out fast and furious, and we are eager to start bringing the best-you’ve-ever-had breaded bone-in, naked bone-in, boneless, smoked, and roasted wings to Texas.”

Hoots Wings offers buffalo shrimp, signature customised chicken sandwiches, and waffle fries.

Albert Enterprises operates 30 Schlotzsky’s in Texas and has more than 250,000ft² of retail, office, and restaurant space.

Hoots Wings parent company brands chief development officer Mark Whittle said: “Jackie and Cary are top-shelf operators, and we are proud to call them our first franchisees. We are looking for experienced, sophisticated, multi-unit operators and the Alberts are top tier.

“When you look at how they run their restaurants and how they treat their staff and guests – that’s what we want the hoots wings experience to be. Having personally known Cary and Jackie for over 13 years, I have total confidence they will be outstanding stewards of the hoots wings brand as they build out their markets.”