Flava Wings: Pearland business owner takes unorthodox path to her first restaurant

Flava Wings owner Krishna Buford opened her restaurant on May 27, 2020. (Courtesy Flava Wings)
Flava Wings owner Krishna Buford opened her restaurant on May 27, 2020. (Courtesy Flava Wings)

Flava Wings owner Krishna Buford opened her restaurant on May 27, 2020. (Courtesy Flava Wings)

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Six wings can be paired with fries and a drink for a total of $12. (Courtesy Flava Wings)
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Kickin’ Spicy Korean is one of Flava Wings' many wing flavors. A 10-piece combo is $14.
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The White Cheddar Mac ($3 regular, $5large) comes as a side.
The idea for Flava Wings began in March 2019 when owner Krishna Buford’s husband, Christopher Buford, was riding along FM 2234 west of Pearland.

As he neared Shadow Creek Ranch after traveling from the Missouri City area, Christopher began to get hungry but noticed there were no restaurants nearby. Then his eyes were drawn to a for-lease sign on a building, Krishna said.

That same week, the Bufords’ pastor had given a sermon about walking in the gifts God provides—a message that still sticks with Krishna to this day, she said. The two called about leasing the empty building, and the journey for the restaurant began.

“At first, we didn’t know what the business was going to be,” Krishna said. “We just knew that it needed to be something in this space.”

The couple had no background in the food service industry prior to opening Flava Wings but made wings all the time for visitors, Krishna said. They always made different sauces and experimented with multiple flavors.


Krishna said they never followed any traditional steps in starting the restaurant in May 2020, in the middle of coronavirus pandemic, but they continued to move forward as the opportunities arose.

“When we were envisioning Flava Wings, we wanted it to be a place where people could come,” Krishna said. “We wanted people to have an experience when they were here.”

While the pandemic has limited the opportunity for Flava Wings to be open at full capacity for much of its existence—it has allowed dining for only two months, and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases has made Krishna go back to carryout only—the wings at the restaurant have helped set them apart in a short time, Krishna said.

“​​The one thing we wanted our flavors to do is explode,” Krishna said. “We wanted it to be a wow experience for the customers, and that is what we’ve created.”

Flava Wings offers more than 10 flavors and makes chicken, turkey and duck wings that are all made to order, Krishna said.

“The reason that [Flava Wings] is bringing you to us is because we are making it when you order it, so when you get it, it’s piping hot. It’s fresh; it’s crispy,” Krishna said. “The flavor is like an explosion in your mouth, and it’s customizable.”
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.



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