PAMPA (FEB.7, 2024) – Just in time for the SuperBowl, Downtown Wings will open its doors on Friday, February 9 at 319 W. Foster Avenue in Pampa.
The sports-themed restaurant is owned and will operated by Pampa local Kenneth Herrera, who has more than two decades of experience in the industry.
Hailing from Dallas, Herrera moved to the Pampa-Amarillo area with his long-time girlfriend, Bernice Solis of Pampa, several years ago. After managing and playing a part in opening multiple restaurants in both Pampa and Amarillo, including local favorite Ate Oh Six, Hererra decided to use his resources and experience cultivated over the years to open his own restaurant.
“I’ve been in the restaurant industry for 24 years. I managed a restaurant in Dallas, four bars and Tex-mex for 18 years. Then I moved here and tried to get another job, but (the) restaurant (business) is my thing. So, I went to manage all the Rosa’s Cafes in Amarillo, and then I managed the Texas Firehouse on the tap house. I helped build Ate Oh Six, I was the was the monager there and we started everything from the beginning,” Herrera shared.
“I decided Why do this for somebody else if I can do it for myself? So, I decided to open this and I have a lot of support from the community here. We don’t have a wing place in Pampa, so I’m going to take advantage of it and open the first one.”
Herrera will offer 18 different wing flavors and several side options.
“We will have jamaican jerk, mango habanero, sweet red chili, garlic buffalo, regular buffalo in mild and hot, honey sriracha, honey hot, sweet teryaki, lemon pepper, garlic parmesan, Korean barbeque, apple chipotle, peach habanero, raspberry chipotle and sweet chili jerk,” Herrera said.
If you order a combo, it will come with either fries or sweet potato fries.
“You can (also) pay an extra $2 and choose between onion rings, fried mushrooms, cheesy potato bites, jalapeno potato fries, cajun fries or ciabatta fries,” Herrera said.
There will be SuperBowl specials on family-sized orders of wings as well.
“I’m probably going to do 20 percent off the family packs for Superbowl,” he added.
Herrera and his family have been working on the building for more than three months.
“The place was hard work- we started about October and we barely finished yesterday. This place was abandoned for over 16 years since Mejia’s moved to the other side. I spent more time cleaning than remodeling, believe it or not. I think it looks nice. I’m still waiting for the NFL decorations- I’m going to put NFL on one side (of the restaurant) and baseball and basketball on the other side,” Herrera shared.
Sometime soon, Herrera shared he will also sell beer. He’s just waiting on his license, already paid for, from TABC.
“Wings and beer just go together,” he said.
The Pampa News wishes Herrera the best of luck on opening day!