By Maria Jose Subiria
The tropical shades of green, blue and yellow paint on the walls of one Morrow restaurant have been replaced with black, red and white. A menu of burritos and tacos has been replaced by wings, burgers and seafood selections.
Wing Nuts, located at 1500 Mt. Zion Road, Suite 109, Morrow, recently took over the former location of West Coast Burritos Gezzo's Surf and Grille.
The wingery, which held its grand opening on Friday, offers 35 different flavors of wings that range from mild to jalapeno bomb. Its menu also includes burgers, seafood and chicken tender platters, as well as a variety of salads.
"Our hot [flavor] tends to be really hot," said Ariel Kim, co-owner of Wing Nuts. "If you are not used to spicy food, we recommend very mild."
According to Kim, her husband Hong Kim decided to open the restaurant in Clayton County because of the area's diversity and the location's proximity to the Atlanta State Farmers Market.
"The farmers market and everything is down here, and I think we'll give them [customers] fresh ingredients and fresh food," she added.
Ariel Kim said she and her husband spent the week between the closing of Gezzo's and Wing Nuts' opening redesigning the restaurant space, installing equipment and undergoing inspections.
Ariel Kim said her husband's family opened a restaurant in Decatur, in 1979, under the name American Sandwich. The small restaurant offered a variety of food, but over time, as traffic in the restaurant increased, the owners pared the menu down to include only their more popular items.
Among items kept on the menu were the chicken wings, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, chicken tenders and seafood.
After 23 years in Decatur, Hong Kim said his family decided to open another restaurant, called Wings R Us, in downtown Atlanta.
Ariel Kim said she married her husband approximately four years ago, and joined the family business.
"We are not a franchise, we are a family restaurant," said Ariel Kim.
Hong Kim said that before opening their store in the City of Morrow, the couple decided to name their southside business Wing Nuts because of other businesses in the area with names similar to American Sandwich and Wings R Us.
The Decatur and Atlanta locations are still operating under their original names, Hong Kim said.
Ariel Kim said she's hoping customers on the southside of Atlanta "will be very satisfied and happy" with Wing Nuts' offerings.