The Anchor Bar in 2007
|Head chef||Ivano Toscani|
|Street address||1047 Main St.|
The Anchor Bar, the birthplace of spicy chicken wings known outside the Buffalo area as Buffalo wings, is a restaurant located in Buffalo, New York. The restaurant was initially established in 1935. Teressa Bellissimo is credited with the creation of the dish when she deep-fried some wings and covered them in Frank's RedHot hot sauce and butter. Chicken wings were previously used for soup or simply thrown away. She served them with blue cheese dip as hors d'oeuvres at the bar. They were initially offered for free. Anchor Bar sauces are sold in the United States at Tops Friendly Markets, and in Canada at Sobey's and Metro stores.
In 2013, a quick service version of The Anchor Bar opened at the Darien Lake amusement park about half an hour away from Buffalo. This location has a limited menu compared to the original, but still offers the original wing sauce both on wings and sold in bottles along with other menu choices.
In June 2014, it was announced that the Anchor Bar would be opening its first Buffalo area franchise not located within the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, in Amherst, NY on Transit Road near the Eastern Hills Mall.
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