Touchdown! NFL Stars and Texas Longhorn Legends Set to Open Gigi’s Cupcakes Location in Austin

Gigi’s Cupcakes is expanding in Texas with its first location in Austin set to open in early 2018. The store, located in Bee Cave, will be owned and operated by University of Texas alumni and NFL star football players Brian Orakpo, Michael Griffin and Bryan Hynson.

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 both ended up as Tennessee Titans, where they were first introduced to Gigi’s Cupcakes in Nashville.

“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,” said Orakpo. “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!”

“We are excited to bring a piece of Nashville to Austin,” said Griffin. “The city is growing rapidly with students, young professionals and families, which makes it an ideal spot for a dynamic cupcake chain.”

“We plan to leverage our relationship with UT Austin and give back to the community that has meant so much to all three of us,” added Hynson.

Gigi’s franchise information is available at

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