Uncle Willie’s Wings Wins Contest, Will Open Gateway Center Location
Months after the pandemic forced him to temporarily close Uncle Willie’s Wings (his newly opened restaurant) and COVID-19 sent him to the hospital and forced him to face what could be his reality ( he bid farewell to close family and friends), U.S. Army veteran and restaurateur Walter “Willie” Green did what he loves most: he gave back.
Green, unsure of the fate of his restaurants, emptied what was left of his savings and hosted “Willie’s Day” – a huge barbecue in Newark’s South End.
Soon after, his fortunes began to change.
Uncle Willie’s Wings was chosen as a participating restaurant for the ultra-successful Newark Work Kitchens program, which not only helped feed the townspeople, but also paid restaurants to do so. The economic boost allowed him to bring back much of the staff he had had to lay off – and eventually helped him open a food truck. He now has a third place.
Thursday, Onyx Stocks announced that Uncle Willie’s Wings was the winner of the competition that will bring a Newark-based restaurant to the Junction at the Gateway, the newly renovated facade that faces Newark Penn Station while serving as the central area for the gateway center.
About Gateway Center
Onyx Equities is in the midst of a multimillion-dollar renovation of Gateway, the 2.3 million-square-foot, four-building Gateway Center complex and its interconnecting second-floor lobbies, now known as Junction, to attract retail, fitness, entertainment and dining opportunities as well as enhance the pedestrian and tenant experience within the complex.
Onyx’s investment in Newark also includes the opening of the ground floor of the Gateway Center via a new grand pedestrian entrance and street-facing retail for the first time in over 50-year history. of the building.
Uncle Willie’s Wings was one of 30 entities to enter the developer’s competition created to provide a Newark-based establishment with coveted space in the passageway that hosts more than 75,000 weekly visitors.
Uncle Willie’s will join nine other new restaurants coming to the junction at Gateway, including award-winning Mokbar, Serafina, Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, Fresh & Co., Greek from Greece Bakery & Café, Farinella, 375˚ Chicken & Fries, the Brookdale and Biscuits Chip City.
More than anything, Uncle Willie will serve as an example of good things happening to good people. That’s how Newark Mayor Ras Baraka sees it.
“To see Walter Green go from feeding his Newark neighbors during the pandemic to thriving and winning the restaurant building competition is an incredible joy,” he said. “Having Uncle Willie’s Wings here at the Gateway Center will give residents, commuters and visitors the opportunity to experience his hospitality and flavorful wings.
“We thank Walter for his service to our Newark community, congratulate him on his new restaurant and wish him continued success.”
Jonathan Schultz, co-founder and managing partner of Onyx Equities, the owners of three of the four Gateway towers, said Green and Uncle Willie’s represent what Onyx sees as its role in the city.
“As we continue to transform Gateway into a seamless extension of Newark’s downtown district, we are also taking an active role in redefining the surrounding neighborhood as a center for business, gathering, dining and entertainment” , did he declare. “We take our position in this community very seriously and will continue to create opportunities for local businesses to thrive and get the attention they deserve.”
Matthew Flath, vice president of asset management at Onyx Equities, echoed the kind words for Green – then offered the ultimate reminder: don’t forget the food.
“Mr. Green is an incredible person with a solid business plan and, most importantly, who makes incredible wings,” he said. “We are delighted to welcome him to The Junction and know he will be a great success with our thousands of visitors.”
Green, whose efforts in Newark have gone viral, sent a note of sincere thanks to everyone who made this possible.
“We are very excited to be part of the junction at Gateway,” he said. “We are grateful to Onyx Equities and the City of Newark for supporting us and making this opportunity possible.”