|Food type||Italian |
|Street address||1047 Main St.|
|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. The restaurant was initially established in 1935. The bar is most famous for being the birthplace of spicy chicken wings known outside the Buffalo area as Buffalo wings. Beginning in 2012, additional locations of the Anchor Bar began opening in the Greater Buffalo area as well other cities. As of mid-2023, there are 14 locations in operation.
It became famous for trademarking the Buffalo-style chicken wing.
Frank Bellissimo died in October 1980 at the age of 84.
Teressa Bellissimo, who opened the Anchor Bar with her husband Frank, and is credited with inventing the Buffalo Wing, died in her apartment above the bar in November 1985. She was 84.
Dominic, the son of Frank and Teressa, who later owned the establishment and actively promoted the bar and its wings, died in March 1991 at the age of 68.
On November 20, 2018, Ivano Toscani, owner of the Anchor Bar, died from a long illness eight days before his 69th birthday. Toscani began working for the Bellissimos at the bar in the mid-1970s.
On March 4, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar. Late that evening, a group of Bellissimo's friends arrived at the bar. He asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat. With little food left, Teressa took some chicken wings, which were normally used for soups or thrown out, deep-fried them and flavored them using a mixture of butter, cayenne pepper and other ingredients on them. She brought out some cut celery and blue cheese for dipping as hors d'oeuvres.
The wings were initially offered free of charge.
Authentic Buffalo Wings are never battered. They are not grilled, but only deep-fried and slightly crispy. The sauce is added after the wing has been cooked. “Wings,” as they are called in Buffalo (versus “Buffalo Wings) are traditionally served with chunky blue cheese dressing and celery (freshly cut carrots are often served, as well).
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.
On October 22, 2015, an Anchor Bar location opened in the Millcroft Shopping Plaza, located at Appleby Line and Upper Middle Street in Burlington, Ontario. However, this location has since rebranded as the "AB Sports Bar."
The Anchor Bar has a restaurant location in the Main Terminal at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
In May 2019, Anchor Bar opened a location in Frederick, Maryland. A location in Kennesaw, Georgia became the first location in the Southeast in June 2020. A short-lived location opened as the first one in California in January 2021 in Orange, California, but was closed in mid-2022. The first Illinois location opened 2022 in Oswego, Illinois.
In popular culture
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- "Anchor Bar Opens on Transit Road". The Buffalo News. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
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- "Anchor Bar sails into Toronto". 18 October 2016.
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