Football stars opening Gigi's Cupcakes in Austin

Football stars opening Gigi's Cupcakes in Austin

Gigi's Cupcakes is expanding in Texas with its first location in Austin, set to open in early 2018. University of Texas alumni and NFL star football players Brian Orakpo, Michael Griffin and Bryan Hynson will own the store in Bee Cave, according to a company press release.

Orakpo, Griffin and Hynson forged a lasting friendship when Griffin and Orakpo played football for The University of Texas between 2003 and 2008, helping to bring home a National Championship against University of Southern California in 2005. Orakpo and Griffin went on to play for the NFL and ended up as Tennessee Titans, where they were first introduced to Gigi's Cupcakes in Nashville. With an eye towards life after football, the two players, along with Hynson, decided to look into franchising opportunities, and that is where their sweet tooth took over.
"When I moved to Nashville in 2015, one of the first things I was introduced to was a dozen of Gigi's Cupcakes. Once my teammates gave me some, I fell in love," Orakpo said. "Football players and cupcakes don't exactly go hand and hand, but that's what makes this so much fun. We're family men and we know that everybody loves a good cupcake."

Topics: Franchising & Growth

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