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For Hot Chicken Chain Wingstop, Simplicity Is the Secret Sauce

And judging by the financial performance of the 21-year old, 800-store chain, customers appreciate the devotion to executing the perfect bite.

Wingstop's second quarter domestic same-restaurant sales increased 9%, while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose 18.5%. Profits would have grown even quicker if not for a 26% surge in bone-in chicken wing costs, an issue that has also plagued rival Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD - Get Report) throughout the year. The higher chicken costs stem from a decline in chicken...