New Craven Wings Choto location has mid-January target opening

  • Melissa and Justin Cress are opening their Craven Wings location, next to Signature Self Storage and Markets at Choto along South Northshore Drive in Concord, in mid-January 2021. - Photo submitted

The Choto community in Concord will have a new restaurant by mid-January 2021.

Justin Cress, who owns Craven Wings at 10721 Chapman Highway at Macon Crossing shopping center, is opening his second location next to Signature Self Storage along South Northshore Drive in the Choto community.

With the new shopping center built, Cress said he is building out the unit and should be open by the second week in January.

“I think it’s going to be a super location,” said Cress, a partner with wife, Melissa. “I know the area pretty well.”

He noted he was surprised by how the area has exploded with growth. After watching traffic counts and business conducted at Markets at Choto for a couple of nights, he said, “I was immediately convinced it was the place for us.

“What we do caters to that area very well,” Cress added. “And God willing — and we prayed on this every night and every day for a while now — I think we will really ‘hit a home run here.’ People will really like us, and I think we will really enjoy being there.”

Craven Wings, owned under Cress Family Restaurants, LLC., offers “hot and crispy chicken wings, fresh to order,” Cress said. “I think people are really going to like us.

“I invite anybody come try us out,” he added. “Our chicken is different. It’s crisp, it’s fresh, it’s plump, and our sauces — all made in-house from scratch — include barbecue, lemon pepper, teriyaki, garlic, mild, medium, sweet chili, habanero mango and spicy barbecue, hot and “holy Moses.”

But Craven Wings is “so much more than chicken wings,” Cress pointed out.

He added the menu also includes quesadillas, hamburgers, salads, sandwiches and chicken tenders.“Our hamburgers are also from fresh ground beef, hand-pattied,” he said, noting salads also are fresh and hand cut.

He said the hours of the Choto store will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 to 8 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information, visit its website at or call its Chapman Highway restaurant at 865-577-5211. Cress said an app for iPhones or Androids can be downloaded to make ordering easier.