Wild Wings owner gives local groups a needed boost

IMG_4952Cindy Valade and Rick Langenberg

Chicken Man with Tiffany Lambert

Woodland Park’s Wild Wings ’n Things, under the new ownership and management of Paul Lavigne, is gaining a strong reputation for their tasty wings, great sandwiches, salads and premiere beers; and more importantly, their generous community contributions.

And Lavigne, a military veteran who served with the U.S. Army for more than 11 years, isn’t afraid to show off his moves as the restaurant’s infamous “Chicken Man,” a franchise costume character that has become the mini-ambassador for Woodland Park.

Since purchasing the Wild Wings franchise in March, the personable owner has played a key role in helping many local groups by donating net proceeds from the sale of several thousand wings for such causes as a bounce house for Relay for Life, the Guffey Heritage Center, gift cards for the Kiwanis Club, Friends of the NRA, the American Legion and a local girl scouts troop, as well as for the Columbine, Gateway and Summit elementary schools.

He also donated food plates and utensils to help with the funeral for a young man who passed away. In addition, Lavigne donated the Chicken Man costume for a Woodland Park school play. Not surprisingly, the costume was a big hit.

“We really enjoy giving back to the community,” said Lavigne

During a recent appearance before the WP City Council, Lavigne vowed to serve as a key community player. He made it clear he planned to make a go of his new restaurant stint by refusing to take a salary and often working seven days a week. The revival of the Wild Wings has received good reviews by local residents, shoppers and community leaders. It also has given the Safeway shopping center a dose of needed culinary life. Prior to Lavigne’s purchase of the Woodland Park franchise, the Wild Wings franchise was shut down for an extended period.

As for special offerings, the restaurant offers some meals for as low as $5 and now offers ice cream, shakes, great selections of bottled beer and tap brews, wine and different specials every week. In addition, the Wild Wings offers discounts for military members and fun activities for kids. The restaurant’s wings, under the theme “Hot Wings Gone Wild,” are still the most popular food items. But the restaurant offers a wide variety of food choices, including great sandwiches and salads.

Lavigne even has gotten a chance to play the role of the “Chicken Man.” He told the WP City Council jokingly that if local motorists see the character doing clumsy dance moves, that is probably him, while the good dance moves belong to those of his wife.

For more information about Wild Wings ’n Things, call 719-686-WING.