Sam Ballas, a North Carolina native and chief executive of the 22-unit East Coast Wings & Grill, called 2012 the casual-dining chain’s breakout year. By the end of this year Ballas plans to expand East Coast Wings beyond its home state, opening units in Charleston, S.C., and San Antonio. He plans to open 12 to 15 stores annually for the next five years, dotting the Southeast with outlets offering East Coast Wings’ trademark Buffalo wings, available in 75 flavors. More ...

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