Double Dubs food truck brings chicken wings to the Warehouse
Double Dubs, a scrappy food-truck startup, has made its way to Craig and taken over a vendor booth at the Warehouse Food Hall, bringing a full menu of flavors to Craig.
Weitzel’s Wings, a.k.a. Double Dubs’ grand opening Wednesday, Feb. 1, marks the first stationary location for the mobile franchise, which was founded in Laramie, Wyoming, in 2013 and operates food trucks in Laramie, Rock Springs, and Green River.
Local owners Josh Barker, Dane Barrett, and Jared Augustin said that everything aligned for them to purchase a Double Dubs franchise license and open a Craig location. When a vacancy opened up at the Warehouse, in the former site of the Thai restaurant, the trio jumped at the opportunity.
“We were actually eating wings on my birthday, when we heard about the opening,” said Barrett, who has spent time in Craig with family who live in the area since he was younger.
“We’re really excited to be in Craig,” Barrett said. “I have a lot of good memories here. It’s a good town and we’re happy to be here.”
The menu features twelve different wing sauces and a handful of dry rubs, with wings in six- to 48-piece orders. For sides, Double Dubs offers tater tots, fries and veggies, with sauces as fixings.
For wing-lovers, salts and rubs can be mixed and matched with sauces, and Barrett said it’s possible to get something completely different every day.
Trent Weitzel, a founder of Double Dubs, took the food truck to a Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York, in 2020 and won “rookie of the year.” Weitzel said in an interview that the company started in his backyard, cooking wings with a Fry Daddy deep fryer, and from there it evolved into a food truck franchise.
A Double Dubs food truck has also been featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives with host Guy Fieri. The franchise creators came to Craig to help the local guys set up shop. Moving into a container is something the company has considered doing, so they were excited to see the Craig location come together.
The Double Dubs Warehouse shipping container has a new paint job, an army green to match the colors branded with the original food trucks.
The location is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The shop will be open and serving wings for the Superbowl, and plans to be open on Sundays during football season. But during the off-season, Double Dubs will be closed Sunday and Monday.
The plan is to get a food truck, in addition to the Warehouse location, so Double Dubs can service the whole Yampa Valley and Steamboat Springs area. The owners said they will eventually also offer pre-orders for wings.
“We are trying to make it as easy as possible for people to get yummy wings,” Barrett said.
Amanda Montgomery, the owner of the Warehouse, said that the Food Hall “indoor food truck model,” has been working well in giving new vendors a place to set-up and start to establish their brands with customers.
“We want people to be able to run everything behind the scenes,” Montgomery said on Wednesday.
The Warehouse has changed the ordering model, so customers can now order directly at each of the vendor booths. Montgomery said that any change can be hard at first, but having people order directly allows the vendors to talk to the customers and answer questions about the menu options, and dietary preferences.
The Warehouse is also looking for someone to rent the Warehouse Coffee Co. space to operate a coffee shop. The space is set up to serve hot coffee and tea drinks, but it also has the potential to be a small bakery or sell deli subs and other prepared foods.
“If you know anyone who wants to run a coffee shop,” Montgomery said. “We really just need someone to come in and be here consistently to build it up.”
For more information about Double Dubs or the Warehouse Food Hall, stop by in person at 1589 W. Victory Way in Craig.
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