TALLADEGA -- Boswell’s Wings is now open and doing a strong business.
Located on the northwest corner of the Historic Courthouse Square, the property was renovated and redeveloped by Kevin Smith and named in honor of Dr. Lewis Archer Boswell, an Eastaboga man who invented numerous parts and pieces of airplane equipment and may have beaten the Wright brothers to a manned flight in a heavier-than-air aircraft by more than a decade.
Smith said the restaurant’s first day was Monday, when it opened for lunch for first responders, active duty military and veterans. Talladega fire Chief Danny Warwick said he dined there with several firefighters Monday and said it earned the department’s seal of approval. He particularly recommended the ribs.
Tuesday, Boswell’s opened to the general public at 11 a.m. and was out of food by 1:30 p.m.
Things went a little smoother Wednesday. From here on out, the restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m.
The house specialty is Southern-style smoked regular and jumbo chicken wings, $12 per pound or up to $75 for 100 jumbo wings. The Spirit of St. Louis Spare Ribs ($20 per rack), slow-smoked pulled pork and slow-smoked sliced turkey also seem destined to become popular favorites. A “Mayday Meat sampler” featuring all of the above is also available.
“You’ll smell the smoke right when you come onto the Square,” Smith said in a video posted online. “People are really excited about that.”
The menu also features sandwiches, smoked burgers, a variety of baked potato variations, salads and a kids menu.
For the most adventurous, there is a “mile high burger” featuring a beef patty, smoked pulled pork, bacon, smoked sausage, sweet and savory bacon jam, pimento cheese, lettuce and tomato for $15, and if that’s not enough, you can make it a double for $20.
At the other end of the spectrum, there is the “smoked vegan beyond” burger and the “smoked vegan impossible.”
Sides include the payload potato salad, sweet potato casserole, mayday mac and cheese, Champion’s coleslaw, three bean baked beans, side salad or “co-pilot corn on the cob, smoked, coated with paprika, garlic salt, butter and parmesan cheese.”
And you can wash it all down with your choice of Coke products, lemonade or freshly brewed Southern iced tea, sweet or unsweet.
Smith is a Talladega native and alum of Talladega High School who invented software used to train medical professionals. He has purchased several other properties around the Square, including the old Braswell’s Furniture Building, which is now an event space known as the Talladega Bottling Works. He is also redeveloping the Welch Coleman building, among others.