Mount Pleasant-based restaurant chain Wild Wing Cafe names new CEO

Staff Report
Published Aug. 18, 2014

The former president and chief operating officer for Bojangles’ Restaurants Inc. has been named chief executive of the Wild Wing Cafe chain of restaurants based in Mount Pleasant.

Tom Lewison, who founded Stone Mountain Grill in Charlotte and owns 22 Wendy’s locations, takes the helm of the restaurant chain more than two years after it was sold to Axum Capital Partners, a Charlotte private equity firm.

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“The opportunity to work with Wild Wing Cafe is one I couldn’t pass up,” Lewison said in a statement.

The company was founded by Cecil and Dianne Crowley on Hilton Head Island in 1990 based on a homemade recipe for wings; it now has 33 locations in seven states.

“After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe,” said Edna Morris, the company’s interim CEO and managing director of Axum. “Tom is the high-caliber leader we need to take our brand to the next level. His vast industry knowledge combined with his extensive experiences in company leadership, operations and restaurant franchise ownership will be key assets as we extend our reach across the country.”

Lewison will be responsible for leading Wild Wing’s operations, franchise and expansion plans, the company said in a news release. The company plans to add nearly 70 new restaurants over the next five years with 100 locations by 2018, and it will remain in the Southeast and adjacent markets.

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