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Former Longhorn All-American football players opening Gigi’s Cupcakes location

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

Former Longhorn All-Americans and NFL Pro Bowlers Brian Orakpo and Michael Griffin were hard hitters while playing at the University of Texas, but apparently they have a soft spot for sweets (and entrepreneurship). The two Longhorn legends are opening a Gigi’s Cupcakes in Bee Cave next year with fellow former Longhorn Bryan Hynson. It will be the first Austin-area location of the cupcake store founded in Nashville. There is no set opening date or announced location.

Orakpo and Griffin, both key players on the 2006 champion Texas Longhorns, both played for the Tennessee Titans in Nashville when they discovered Gigi’s.  

“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!”

Gigi’s Cupcakes opened in 2008 in Nashville and now includes more than 100 franchise in 24 states. Gigi’s serves 300 rotating cupcake flavors with sugar free and gluten free options and more.