Atomic Wings founded with Buffalo in mind

An Original Combo plate at Atomic Wings.

Chicken wing longing is central to the story of Atomic Wings, which opened its first South Carolina location in West Ashley late last month.

The franchise was founded in 1989 by Adam Lippin, a New Yorker so determined to re-create the spicy flavors he recalled from his upstate college days that he returned to Buffalo on a study trip. After gleaning what he could from Anchor Bar and Duff's, he opened Atomic Wings on the Upper East Side. “Atomic's greatest success lies in the foolproof wings and reliable service,” New York Magazine reported.

One of the restaurant's fans was Hunter Atkins, managing partner of the local franchisee. “After moving to Charleston, I missed my Atomic Wings,” he says. The restaurant now has outlets throughout the East Coast.

Atomic Wings serves salads, wraps and wings with a choice of 11 sauces, ranging from mild to “suicidal.”

Located at 1975 Magwood Drive, the restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, call 718-3850 or visit atomicwings.com/charleston.