By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Fast food newcomer Wingers is planning on opening this week, months after a fire struck the restaurant.
Wingers, 1368 E. 53rd St., was already furnished and gearing up for an opening last winter, when a Feb. 5 fire broke out and burned its interior. The cause of the fire was never identified and the ensuing cleanup was slowed down by ice, according to owner Morad Khateeb.
Now, after making an insurance claim and reconstructing and outfitting the space, Khateeb says he is awaiting a final health inspection by the city before reopening the restaurant.
“It’s been a rocky ride,” Khateeb said. “This time around, it’s harder than before.”
The new restaurant will have seating for more than 30 and serve fast food staples ranging from burgers, gyros and philly cheesesteaks to its namesake specialty, chicken wings, Khateeb says. Most items will be under $10.
Despite a series of challenges delaying Wingers’ opening by more than six months, Khateeb is hopeful the new restaurant may be the first of several.
“Based upon this one, the success of this one, I’m definitely considering opening two, three others,” Khateeb said.