Hurricane Grill & Wings

“We found LED Source very beneficial in providing design, pricing and financing for LED lighting packages at our locations. In addition, they have assisted with finding local utility rebates to further add to the already great savings we are receiving from the LED lighting. Thanks for all your great work.”

– Mark Bartholomay, Chief Development Officer, Hurricane Grill and Wings


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In 1995, Hurricane Grill and Wings opened its first location overlooking the ocean in Fort Pierce, Florida. Famous for their 32 signature sauces and flavors of award-winning jumbo chicken wings, Hurricane Grill and Wings has created a unique restaurant experience where patrons can kick back and enjoy delicious food, exhilarating tastes, in a beach-style atmosphere. Since opening, Hurricane Grill and Wings has expanded their operations to 48 franchised locations in nine states. Their mission is to deliver a remarkable experience to every guest, everyday. Hurricane Grill and Wings is committed to quality, value and total guest satisfaction in all they do.

The company has set standards to ensure it operates as a responsible corporate citizen. It has embarked on a program for each location to recycle a percentage of their cooking oils into the making of biodiesel fuel as well as a plan to reduce their energy consumption while improving the overall look of each restaurant. For Gus Rubio, the owner of the newly built Pembroke Pines, Florida location, it was important to reduce operating costs and make sure his restaurant was as energy-efficient as possible. He heard about LED lighting and felt it was the perfect solution to meet his needs. To accomplish this goal, Gus turned to the LED lighting Experts at LED Source.

The Challenge

The original design called for the use of both traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting. This included 107 BR30 bulbs at 65W each, 24 PAR30 bulbs at 60W each, and 19 fluorescent 2×4 troffers operating at 87W each. Working with the architect for the new location, the Design Team from LED Source® was able to reduce the total number of lamps and fixtures from 150 to 122, thus further reducing energy and operating costs.

The Solution

For the newly constructed Pembroke Pines, Florida location of Hurricane Grill and Wings, LED Source utilized 83 BR40 LED lamps at 18W each and 24 BR30 LED lamps at 15W each. In addition, 15 LED Troffers at 44W each were used in the kitchen and service areas. When compared to the original design using traditional lighting, it is estimated that the annual kWh would be reduced from 55,013 to 13,764, providing a savings of 41,249 kWh. In addition, the annual savings for Hurricane Grill and Wings is estimated at $1,210 in air conditioning, $1,607 in maintenance costs and $4,537 in lighting energy. Total annual savings is projected at $7,354 and a Return On Investment (ROI) in just over 10 months.

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