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How the Quick Service Industry Has Been Thriving During COVID-19 with Zak Omar of Atomic Wings

Career entrepreneur and cancer survivor Zak Omar is the owner and CEO of Atomic Wings. He has plans for both international and domestic growth with the New York City-based Buffalo wing chain. Omar’s story is so much more than Buffalo wings. He gets his business chops from his father, an Afghani refugee who started a Wall Street mobile food business before food trucks were popular. Inspired by his dad’s hustle and success, Omar became a multi-unit Dunkin’ franchisee alongside his brother, Ray. The pair then chose to invest in Atomic Wings in 2013. The company’s founder was so impressed by Omar that he turned the company over to him. That same year, Omar’s father passed away and Omar was diagnosed with leukemia. Rather than slow down, Omar used his diagnosis as inspiration to grow his business. Today, the brand has 11 locations open for business in New York and Maryland. There are an additional 16 locations set to open in the near future, including abroad in Abu Dhabi and Southeast Asia and in the U.S. in Nevada and Arizona.

 

Key Takeaways:

[0:18] Today’s episode of Franchise Euphoria is brought to you by IndyFranchiseLaw.com, a leading resource in the franchise space. Head over to IndyFranchiseLaw.com learn more!

[0:59] Josh introduces today’s guest, Zak Omar.

[2:20] Josh welcomes Zak to Franchise Euphoria.

[2:56] Zak shares about his past franchise experience and what led him to purchase Atomic Wings from the original founder.

[4:56] Zak discusses how some of the other franchise brands he is involved with have changed over the years.

[7:25] Since Zak’s involvement with Atomic Wings, they have grown from two to eleven brick-and-mortar locations.

[8:16] Zak shares about what the experience of visiting an Atomic Wings location is like and describes some of their product offerings.

[10:58] Atomic Wings recently rolled out their new chicken sandwich that can be prepared with any of their wing sauce flavors.

[13:49] Zak touches on how COVID-19 has affected Atomic Wings, especially with many of their locations being in New York City.

[16:26] Zak reflects on some of the lessons he’s learned throughout the pandemic and how he’s changed the way he runs the Atomic Wings franchise system.

[19:28] In Zak’s opinion, the biggest challenge in franchising is finding the right people to join your team.

[22:12] Josh and Zak discuss the pros and cons of using third party delivery services.

[24:36] If you want to learn more about Atomic Wings, visit their website listed below.

[25:05] Thanks for listening, and please, reach out to Josh anytime through email at josh@franchiseeuphoria.com. If you enjoyed this interview, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

 

Mentioned in This Episode:

josh@franchiseeuphoria.com

www.indyfranchiselaw.com

https://www.atomicwings.com/

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown

Hi! I’m Josh Brown, franchise attorney and creator of the Franchise Euphoria podcast. I’m just your average guy who loves to golf, eat hibachi, and immerse myself in the ever-expanding franchise world.

My goal is to navigate entrepreneurs and all people interested in the current events of franchises through all the hottest topics and most popular tools for success. Going on four years now, Franchise Euphoria is hotter than ever and ready to help you plan and execute a pathway to success.

pardee2003 from United States
11/16/2019
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Great and applicable information from professionals in the franchise world that are doing it every day. I’ve listened to 3 episodes: Gutter Brothers, Woofies, and Cycle Bar. Enjoyed all and looking forward to hearing more.
WTutor311 from United States
8/30/2019
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Highly recommend. Great guests. Filled with tons of helpful information.
Katie Joy B. from United States
7/16/2019
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Josh and his wide variety of knowledgeable guests are truly rockstars! They deliver quality (and free!) franchise knowledge and advice in each and every episode. The great advice they provide, combined with the engaging way they deliver it had me hooked from the very first listen. Thanks for putting out such a stellar show Josh - keep up the great work!
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07/15/2019
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This podcast provides the advice necessary to start building, growing, and scaling your business TODAY! The host asks probing questions of his guests that add value to the listeners in an immediately implementable way!
VPugliese from United States
07/15/2019
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What do you get when you combine business savvy, legal expertice and a great personality? You get the ultimate podcast for franchise owners. Josh Brown brings it all togehter perfectly with Franchise Euphoria. Not only does he possess all of the skills and abiliites above, but he has great guests, asks awesome questions and created the ideal podcast for this niche. If you have a franchise, or are considering it, subscibe to this show and consume all of the content!
Mick James from United States
06/05/2019
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Started listening to Josh's podcast after the wife and I decided to buy a franchise and I quickly went through about 200 episodes on 1.5x & 2x, before signing on to purchase a franchise. Josh's info was an invaluable part of our decision to buy, and after listening to so many episodes, I felt like I knew and trusted him on a personal level, so it was a no-brainer to enlist his services when it came time to review the franchise agreement. Josh was super easy to talk to and very empathetic to our needs, and being first time business owners, we needed all the empathy we could get. Josh helped us negotiate a great deal with the franchisor and we were very happy with his services. Great podcast, great guy, great service to anyone involved in the franchise world!
Dean575 from United States
06/04/2019
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Very interesting discussion. I found the information valuable.
Summieysum from United States
05/06/2019
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I've just completed the legal process of franchising my business and have now begun selling franchises. Just found this podcast and it's an incredible resource! Great content and Josh is a very engaging host. Highly recommend for franchisors and franchisees.
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