Anchor Bar

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Anchor Bar
Anchor Bar logo.jpg
The Anchor Bar in 2007
Restaurant information
Established 1935 (1935)
Head chef Ivano Toscani
Food type Italian
Dress code Casual
Street address 1047 Main St.
City Buffalo
State New York
Postal code/ZIP 14209
Country United States
Coordinates 42°54′08″N 78°56′07″W / 42.90222°N 78.93528°W / 42.90222; -78.93528Coordinates: 42°54′08″N 78°56′07″W / 42.90222°N 78.93528°W / 42.90222; -78.93528
Other information Phone: (716) 884-4083

The Anchor Bar is a bar and restaurant in Buffalo, New York, located north of Downtown Buffalo at the intersection of Main and North Streets.[1][2] The restaurant was initially established in 1935. It is accessible by Buffalo Metro Rail, being approximately equidistant from the Allen-Medical Campus and Summer–Best stations. The bar is most famous for being the birthplace of spicy chicken wings known outside the Buffalo area as Buffalo wings.[1][2]

Buffalo wings[edit]

Buffalo wings and celery at the Anchor Bar

The bar's association with Buffalo wings originates in the 1960s. Then-owner Teresa 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.[citation needed]

In 2007, Iron Chef and Food Network personality Bobby Flay appeared at the Anchor Bar for a Buffalo wing "throwdown" with the self-proclaimed "Wing King", Drew Cerza.

On the August 8, 2008 episode of Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen on PBS, Raichlen said that "the Buffalo wing was born at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964."[citation needed]

Other locations[edit]

In the summer of 2012, it was announced that a second location would open in Hamilton, Ontario. The second location will be located in the Jackson Square mall.[3]

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.[4]

On October 1, 2014, another Anchor Bar location opened on Transit Road outside of the Eastern Hills Mall.[5]

On October 22, 2015, the newest Anchor Bar location opened in the Millcroft Shopping Plaza, located at Appleby Line and Upper Middle Street in Burlington, Ontario. [6]

In 2015, it was announced that a franchise would open in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian in Las Vegas.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Epting, Chris. James Dean Died Here. p. 18. ISBN 1-891661-31-0. 
  2. ^ a b An Attempt to Compile a Short History of the Buffalo Chicken WingThe New Yorker, accessed December 27, 2009
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  4. ^ "Anchor Bar to open location at Darien Lake". Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  5. ^ "Anchor Bar Opens on Transit Road". The Buffalo News. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
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  7. ^ Fink, James (30 April 2015). "'A lot at stake' for Anchor Bar's Vegas location – Buffalo – Buffalo Business First". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved 2015-05-01. 

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