CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – A national shortage of chicken wings is ruffling the feathers of local restaurants, leading to higher prices, limited menus and temporary closings.
According to several sources of information, the easing of COVID-19 restrictions nationwide has created huge demand in the restaurant industry, and some vendors, still operating at limited capacity, are struggling to keep up. Additionally, Texas chicken farmers lost millions of birds in February to winter storms.
The shortage has affected restaurants nationwide, with popular chains like Wing Stop launches new promotions adapt.
Locally, restaurants are struggling to meet demand. This week, Fat Shack placed a notice on their door saying they were temporarily out of wings.
Matthew Burns, owner of Dream Wingz, told Clarksville Now he had to limit hours due to lack of product. In recent weeks, orders that were supposed to be 13 crates of wings turned out to be just one, barely enough to get through the lunch rush.
Many wing stores have had to raise prices to compensate, but Burns is grateful for customers’ patience.
“We have an incredible clientele. They definitely supported us through this, ”Burns said. “They were disappointed, but they were understanding. “
Other businesses have diversified their menu. Flavorz Seasoned Kitchen, which recently opened on Providence Boulevard, has rotated to serve fried fish.
“It kind of hit us out of nowhere,” said Jessica Bailey, owner of Flavorz. “I’m looking for new items to come to the menu very soon. ”
The chicken industry has shown signs of recovery. Burns said he heard from suppliers that they were “hanging on” and no longer selling chicken so quickly; however, he plans at least eight months of limited supply, just to be sure.