Shaquille O'Neal to Attend Grand Opening for Dry Fried Wings This Friday in Fort Lauderdale | New Times Broward-Palm Beach

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Shaquille O'Neal to Attend Grand Opening for Dry Fried Wings This Friday in Fort Lauderdale

Basketball star-turned-actor-turned-rapper-turned-doctor-turned-beer-spokesman-turned-police-force-hopeful (and so on and so forth) Shaquille O'Neal will help to welcome the Dry Fried Wing Company to Fort Laudy on Friday afternoon.

The Shaq is just one of several sports stars who will spice up the grand opening celebrations at the franchise wing shop, which shares space with Da Vinci's Pizzeria in Fort Lauderdale.

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The Fort Lauderdale store is the first East Coast location for the San Francisco-based Dry Fried Wings franchise. Three other locations are slated to open in New York City and additional locations are planned for South Florida. Dry Fried Wings is "co-branded" with DaVinci's in Fort Lauderdale, where it has a separate line, entrance, and section, but shares space with the pizzeria. The company plans to use this "co-branding" model for its East Coast expansion.

This weekend, the store will give away free samples of its signature fried treats, as well as offering opening specials, including three free wings with the purchase of a beverage. Shaq will be in attendance from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, former Dolphins Jim Kiick and Mercury Morris will hang out from 1 to 3 p.m. Later on, former Dolphins players Mark Duper and O.J. McDuffie will be in attendance, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Dry Fried Wings and Da Vinci's Pizzeria are located at 3936 N. Ocean Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-561-0404.