Wingo’s, the nearly 20-year-old carryout that bathes its coveted chicken wings in two dozen sauces and invites customers to toss beaded necklaces into a neighboring tree, says it fully intends to come back from a two-alarm blaze that took several hours to bring under control.
“Unfortunately, we must close for now, but we are working to re-open as soon as possible!” management wrote on social media. The two-story restaurant sustained significant damage on June 26 when an accidental fire that started in the kitchen spread throughout the collegiate favorite (3207 O Street NW). The fire also damaged neighboring florist shop, English Rose Garden.
Wingo’s management did not provide a specific timetable for when the original shop might return, or address whether the rebuilding effort would affect plans to open a second location in Glover Park. “We promise to come back stronger than ever before!” management assured supporters on social media.
Meanwhile, a former Wingo’s employee is fundraising online for restaurant staff who are out of work during the rebuilding process. The campaign’s goal is to collect $25,000 for the two dozen employees affected by the temporary closure.