Mount Pleasant-based Wild Wing Cafe names new CEO

Wild Wing Cafe has four locations in the Charleston area, including this restaurant on North Market Street in the city's historic district.

Mount Pleasant-based Wild Wing Cafe has plucked its new full-time CEO away from the Bojangles' chicken chain.

Tom Lewison will be responsible for leading operations and the chain's franchise expansion plans, which include adding nearly 70 restaurants over the next five years.

Edna Morris had been interim CEO since Bill Prather left the company in December for undisclosed reasons. Morris also is managing director of Charlotte-based Axum Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owns the casual dining chain.

"After a thorough search, Tom emerged as the natural choice to lead Wild Wing Cafe," she said in statement. "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."

Previously, Lewison served as president and chief operating officer of Bojangles' Restaurants Inc.. He founded Stone Mountain Grill, a Charlotte-based casual-dining venture, and he also owns and operates 22 Wendy's restaurants and 15 Qdoba Mexican Grill locations

Wild Wing was started on Hilton Head Island in 1990 and now has 37 locations in seven states. Axum Capital, which bougth the chain from its founders about two years ago, projects the chain will have 100 restaurants by 2018, mostly in markets next to its Southeast U.S. operations.