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Meet Paul Juliano of The Original J.R. Crickets in Midtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paul Juliano.

Paul, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Original J.R. Crickets opened in February 1982 on Spring St in Atlanta Georgia. We started out with Pizza, Subs, and wings but soon learned that you can get good pizza and subs anywhere and that our future was going to be in offering the best Buffalo NY Style Chicken Wings in the south!
Over the years we have grown to 14 locations and are known as the South’s Wing Kings!

Has it been a smooth road?
Through the year’s growth has had some struggles some smaller locations have had to close or re-locate and hiring and maintaining a good staff is always a concern.

One of the more important lessons learned has been how banks and lenders can help or hurt your business, you must understand your financial realities!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Original J.R. Crickets – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
J.R. Crickets is known for Buffalo NY Style Chicken Wings… period. We offer other great menu options such as in-house Smoked Ribs, Philly Steaks, Chicken & Waffles, Seafood, and Salads. However, when our customers enter a J.R. Crickets… wings are on their minds. Chicken wings represent 70% of our food sales!

I am very proud that we have been successful for 37 years and there is no end in sight. This is due to our very loyal employees, cooks, servers, and managers… some of which have been with J.R. Crickets for over 25 years!

We listen to our customers and strive to provide what they want from us, nothing fancy or trendy, just great food and service at a price that is fair. J.R. Crickets has been part of Atlanta communities for many years and we’re very proud of that.

J.R. Crickets Enterprises, Inc. offers a License Program which allows interested people to open their own J.R. Crickets Restaurant.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I like the diversity that Atlanta offers and the neighborhoods. In the last 5 years or so, Midtown and Downtown have each been enriched by new business and living opportunities. Atlanta is a very busy city and it does not get in the way of business and jobs.

What I do not enjoy about Atlanta is the traffic… day and night you have to actually think about your driving plan and how realistic it is.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 129 North Ave NE Atl GA 30308
  • Website:
  • Phone: 404-389-WING
  • Email:
  • Facebook: The Original J.R. Crickets

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