Brothers bond over business – Macomb Daily

Growing up as two of seven siblings in the Phoenix area, Steve and Tack Alanis had to learn to share.

Now the two brothers are sharing two businesses under one roof.

Steve, a US Marine veteran, runs a Detroit Wing Company franchise, while Tack, who played football for California State University, owns Beyond Juicery + Eatery. Both locations are located on a 2,500 square foot footprint on Mound Road, just south of 12 Mile Road in Warren.

“It’s the first dual-concept store of its kind in the state,” Steve Alanis said. “You want the best tasting wings, we’ve got them, and you can go next door to get a smoothie to wash them down.”

This marks Detroit Wing Company’s 27th store in Michigan and the fifth location in Macomb County. It’s part of DWC’s rapid expansion plans in which the company expects to open more than 20 new locations by the end of 2023, with 20 more in development.

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Brothers Tack and Steve Alanis keep various goodies from their respective eateries.  (MITCH HOTTS -- THE MACOMB DAILY)
Brothers Tack and Steve Alanis host several tastings from their respective eateries. (MITCH HOTTS — THE MACOMB DAILY)

DWC offers all-natural chicken wings, tenders, 19 house-made signature sauces, and a variety of sides, including a trio of flavorful mac-and-cheese dishes.

Gus Malliaras, founder of Detroit Wing Company, said Warren has been on the company’s “wish list” for a long time.

“Macomb County is where we first opened our doors seven years ago, and from day one, the community has supported us and welcomed us with open arms,” ​​Malliaras said in a statement.

A tray of chicken wings covered in honey barbecue sauce and a traditional buffalo side order of freshly salted French fries.  (MITCH HOTTS -- THE MACOMB DAILY)
A tray of chicken wings covered in honey barbecue sauce and a traditional buffalo side order of freshly salted French fries. (MITCH HOTTS — THE MACOMB DAILY)

After getting out of the service, Steve Alanis found work in the trucking industry before becoming a partner at Vivios sports bar on 12 Mile near Ryan Road.

Eventually, he was looking for other business opportunities. That’s when he decided to partner with his brother for the dual-spot shop.

Starting about 15 months ago, a construction crew began work on the renovation of the former Donut Castle and turned it into a smart-looking building.

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Beyond Juicery was founded by Alanis’ oldest brother, Mijo. It’s a healthy, casual fast-food outlet specializing in smoothies, wraps, salads, light sandwiches and raw juices.

“Because Mound Road is such a busy area, this is more of a grab-and-go location,” Tack Alanis said. “It’s built for speed.”

At Beyond Juicery, hummus and beet salad are accompanied by various juices.  (MITCH HOTTS -- THE MACOMB DAILY)
At Beyond Juicery, hummus and beet salad are accompanied by various juices. (MITCH HOTTS — THE MACOMB DAILY)

Although they were born 12 years apart, the brothers bonded over the years.

“We share absolutely everything,” said Steve Alanis.

“Once Tack was big enough to walk I would put him on the gas tank of my motorbike and we would take off and drive. As he got older and entered high school, he moved in with me and stayed until he went to college.”

Their father, Gerald “Jab” Alanis, a former long-distance trucker, gives credit for raising the children.

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“My wife is a good Christian woman who raised them, they listen to her,” said Jab Alanis, who came to Michigan to see two of his sons open businesses on Saturday.

To celebrate the opening of the Warren DWC, the company will host a grand opening event where the first 25 guests will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win free chicken wings for a year, the first 100 guests will win free limited edition. DWC beanie hat, and the first 300 guests will receive a free six-piece chicken wing and french fries.

Also, Beyond Juicery + Eatery will offer free smoothies from 11 am-3 pm

Beyond Juicery is open 7 am-8 pm Monday through Saturday, 9 am-8 pm Sunday. Visit beyondjuiceryeatery.com for more information.

DWC hours are 11 am-10 pm Monday through Saturday, noon-8 pm Sunday. Check out detroitwingco.com.

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