Doolittles Chicken Company serving up savory wings in Mount Gilead
By Taylor Kaser -
The answer to all of Morrow County’s chicken angst can be found at Doolittles Chicken Company in Mt. Gilead. Located on Iberia St. near Save A Lot, Doolittles was inspired by good chicken and Jimmy Doolittle, a high flying WW II general who served in the Pacific.
Owned by Steve Rotermund, Doolittle’s offers 21 sauces for their wings, including boneless and skinless wings.
Rotermund, who also owns an aviation cleaning company, says he’s always been interested in flying. He’s also served as an ordained minister, working as a youth minister in Westerville before he moved to Morrow County. Rotermund has also worked for the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office — and still serves as a reserve deputy. He pointed to his interest in WW II and its impact on modern aviation as part of inspiration for Doolittle’s.
“Driving around with the Sheriff’s Office, there was nowhere to eat.” said Rotermund of his shifts that usually consisted of evening and night shifts. He said the aviation industry looked rocky a couple of years ago and he decided he needed to diversify. The idea for the restaurant began and evolved last November.
Rotermund’s brother-in-law owns a pizza and wings franchise and Rotermund was able to learn and pick up ideas from him. He took the aspects he liked best about that business and combined it with a WW II aviation theme.
“We’ve had great reviews so far,” Rotermund said of keeping the menu simple. He explained that the boneless skinny bites are a healthy alternative to the original wings.
About 70% of all business fail, said Rotermund, due to three factors: 1) overhead — like building rent, 2) too large of a menu and keeping all of that fresh food on hand, 3) and high labor costs and a inconsistent or bad product.
The wings are great for parties, especially football games and speciality platters can be ordered.
A grand opening is set for sometime in mid October and Rotermund hopes to have some OSU football players attend, with activities including a wing eating contest for adults and kids, and maybe a fiery sauce challenge, “It will be exciting and fun.”
Doolittles has a Facebook page and a free app that can be downloaded on smart phones to look at the menu and order from, without having to even call.