Hurricane Grill & Wings Takes its Booming Brand Global

March 9, 2016

Before talking about the future, Martin O’Dowd wanted to briefly rewind. “After 21 years,” he asks, “why would Hurricane Grill & Wings want to go to Europe?”

The answer, as it turns out, was that the brand, which originated in Florida and just enjoyed a record year of growth, simply didn’t. O’Dowd, the president and vice-chairman of the board, says the idea literally walked up to Hurricane Grill’s table at a franchise exhibition in Las Vegas more than a year and a half ago. CEO John Metz chuckled at the memory. “We just kept saying, ‘Are you sure they eat…