The Future 50
Hurricane Grill & Wings
Hurricane Grill & Wings is a traditional casual-dining concept that features a signature selection of chicken wings as well as a varied menu of American favorites. The chain offers a beach-themed atmosphere with an eco-friendly focus. Hurricane AMT LLC is the privately held parent company. Chris Russo established the first Hurricane Grill & Wings in Fort Pierce, Florida, in 1995. Throughout the next decade, Russo opened another two units before partnering with Michael Matakaetis, a former Dunkin’ Donuts executive. Russo and Matakaetis formed Hurricane Brand Holdings LLC in 2005. The team developed a franchising program that year and successfully sold 90 Hurricane franchises in 2006. In late 2008, the chain was acquired by Hurricane AMT LLC. Since its inception, the chain has expanded across Florida. Hurricane Grill & Wings recently opened its first out-of-state unit in Arizona.