Buffalo Wings & Rings
|Number of locations||46|
|Key people||Roger David (President and CEO)|
|Products||Buffalo Wings, Sandwiches, Gyros, Chicken fingers, Salads, Quesadillas|
Buffalo Wings & Rings is a Cincinnati-based sports restaurant franchise concept that offers signature Chicken wings, Burgers, Gyros, specialty salads and sandwiches. Since 1984, the concept has sought to blend the art of homemade sauces and fresh wings with a community-focused model.
It currently has 42 locations across California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Texas. There are also Buffalo Wings & Rings franchises in Jordan, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia
Established in 1984, the chain opened seven company-owned locations in and around Cincinnati during its early years. After 20 years of stagnant growth, the original investors were bought out in 2005 by a management team led by Philip Schram, Nader Masadeh and Haytham David, each of whom took a senior management role with the company. The new owners created a franchise model for Buffalo Wings & Rings, offering a uniform management system that could be easily replicated by new operators.
By 2008, Restaurant Business magazine had named the company number one on its Future 50 list of growing chains, citing its franchising opportunities not only in the U.S., but also overseas with an expansion that included franchises in Jordan and Kuwait.
In 2009 franchise veteran Roger David joined Buffalo Wings & Rings as president and CEO. During David's tenure the company has repositioned itself as a family-friendly sports restaurant. In 2011 Buffalo Wings & Rings introduced a new flagship restaurant design with the opening of a new franchise in Naperville, Ill., just west of Chicago. The prototype maintained the chain's existing sports theme and multiple television screens, while adjusting lighting and sound levels and updating decor to appeal to a wider audience.
The company's repositioning continued with an updated menu in 2012 that added several salads, wraps and lighter fare to the restaurant's core chicken wing and sandwich offerings.