Openings: Hurricane Grill & Wings to debut new ‘BTW’ concept in West Palm Beach


A “hurricane” of the fast-casual variety is coming to suburban West Palm Beach next month. That’s when Hurricane BTW, a new national chain, opens its first franchise location on Okeechobee Boulevard, west of Jog Road. 

To locals, it means a new spot for burgers, tacos and wings (aka “btw”), as well as tenders, salads, shakes, wine and craft beer (including a 32-ounce, resealable Crowler can). Menu highlights include buttermilk-marinated chicken BLT tacos, Korean barbecue beef tacos, single to triple-patty burgers, and tenders and wings, with a dozen sauces and dry rubs in which to dress them.  

The BTW concept may be new, but the chain’s parent company is a West Palm Beach mainstay – Hurricane Grill & Wings is headquartered in West Palm, as is BTW.  

The opening planned for Sat. Dec. 9 will come eight months after the chain announced plans to open 49 locations across the country in less than four years. The BTW brand opened a “lab” location last year in Fort Lauderdale, where it continues to operate.  

Occupying a 2700-square-foot space on the southern side of Okeechobee Boulevard, the West Palm location will serve as a template for more than 50 additional franchise locations scheduled to open nationally in less than four years, according to a company news release. Those locations include a shop in Gainesville, to be opened by the same West Palm franchise owner.  

West Palm customers can expect counter service in a casual setting that’s equipped with seven sports-tuned TV screens and a specialty sauce bar.  

“It’s a great brand with great food,” franchise owner Jack Gandolfo said in the news release. “I’m a big fan of the Hurricane Grill brand and BTW is a great transition into the fast-casual environment featuring Hurricane Grill & Wings’ best products. I’m excited to showcase the restaurant to our customers.”  


Hurricane BTW Grand Opening 

  • When: Hurricane Grill & Wings’ new Hurricane BTW concept makes its official franchise debut Sat. Dec. 9. Festivities go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
  • Where: 7800 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach; 561-557-1456  
  • Freebees: Free food and drinks for the first 50 customers in line. T-shirt and hat giveaways. 
  • Celebration highlights: Live music by Steeltown Religion band. Face-painting and balloons for kids. Wing-eating contest between West Palm Police and Fire reps at 1 p.m. Hurricane BTW pledges to donate 10 percent of the day’s sales to the American Red Cross’ hurricane relief efforts.  
  • Hours: The new spot will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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