FLINT, MI – Chicken wings — well good chicken wings — are something customers will drive for from miles away.
And Crazy Legs in Genesee County does not disappoint.
DaVante Powell and Wilson Rogers have been business partners in the Flint area for years, though they didn’t set out to be in the food or restaurant industry.
The two met in ninth grade, graduating from Flint Southwestern Classical Academy in 2004. Each went on to graduate from Baker College locally with a degree in business management and human services, respectively.
The budding young entrepreneurs, each 34 years old, already have their foot into a number of local business endeavors, including owning a facility that houses 10 businesses. In September 2019, they realized the need to provide a snack in that Flint business mall.
Initially, wings weren’t even on the menu. That didn’t last long.
The two created a unique concept to air fry wings, a technique that is not produced often in east Michigan, which is exactly why they doubled down to make the idea into a reality. They started with three air fryers, and now have 20.
“It’s different. Nobody cooks in an air fryer around here, and we know we will do big things,” Powell said. “The beauty of air fryer wings is it pulls all the greasy calories out and allows you to eat these without feeling guilty, bringing them to a perfect crisp. We wanted to bring this to Flint.”
“It’s the clean way of eating dirty,” he added.
The menu is small, and that’s exactly how Powell and Rogers want it. They want to specialize and bring customers quality and value into the focus of their food.
There are five styles of sauce available for the wings, including ranch lemon pepper, sweet bbq, Korean teriyaki, peach habanero and crazy crazy heat. The wings can also be served plain.
Combos are available with loaded fries as well.
Loaded fries are also air-fried as potatoes topped with white queso cheese, jalapeno and sweet peppers with a choice of shrimp or chicken. The twist, Powell said, is adding one of the sauce flavors on top.
“Everything you touch with us, you get flavor guaranteed,” Powell said.
Crazy Legs also serves a homemade Kool-Aid and smoothies.
The business has soared by word of mouth in Flint, so much so that Crazy Legs opened a second location in Grand Blanc. At that location, salads are also available.
Powell said between the two locations, about 600 wings a day are being served with customers who have come from as far as Illinois, Georgia and Canada.
“It’s the No. 1 finger food. Wings are always there, no matter if you’re at a cocktail party or a house party. And good potatoes and French fries are always a crowd favorite whether your 2 years old all the way up to 90,” Powell said.
Powell and Rogers continue to build on the dream as they expand, ultimately hoping to have a space to serve Crazy Legs in arena spaces like Dow Diamond in Midland and Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit.
Crazy Legs has two locations: its original locale at 4526 Beecher Road in Flint and a new express locale at 11236 S. Saginaw St. in Grand Blanc.
The Flint location is open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the Grand Blanc location is open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
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