Anchor Bar

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Anchor Bar
Anchor Bar logo.jpg
The Anchor Bar in 2007
Restaurant information
Established1935 (1935)
Food typeItalian
Dress codeCasual
Street address1047 Main St.
StateNew York
Postal/ZIP Code14209
CountryUnited States
Coordinates42°54′08.568″N 78°52′06.651″W / 42.90238000°N 78.86851417°W / 42.90238000; -78.86851417Coordinates: 42°54′08.568″N 78°52′06.651″W / 42.90238000°N 78.86851417°W / 42.90238000; -78.86851417
Other informationPhone: (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. The bar is most famous for being the birthplace of spicy chicken wings known outside the Buffalo area as Buffalo wings.[1][2]


On November 20, 2018, Ivano Toscani, owner of the Anchor Bar, died from a long illness eight days before his 69th birthday.[3]

Buffalo wings[edit]

Buffalo wings and celery at the Anchor Bar

The bar's association with Buffalo wings originates in the 1960s. Then-owner 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 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.[4]

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.[5]

On October 1, 2014, another Anchor Bar location opened on Transit Road outside of the Eastern Hills Mall.[6]

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.[7]

In 2015, it was announced that a franchise would open in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian in Las Vegas.[8] The location closed February 19, 2016.[9]

In September 2016 a third Ontario location opened in Toronto, Ontario at located at Dixon and Martin Grove roads. [10]

On May 17, 2018, Anchor Bar opened in New York City. [11]

In June 2018, a fourth Ontario location opened in Mississauga, Ontario on Hurontario Street.[12]

Besides the restaurants in New York state, there are others: in Frederick, MD, Rochester Hills, MI, and two in Texas: San Antonio & Schertz.

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
  3. ^ McNeil, Harold; Anderson, Dale (November 20, 2018). "Ivano Toscani, Anchor Bar general manager, dead at 68". The Buffalo News. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  4. ^ "Hamilton Breaking News - Hamilton's Online Newspaper -".
  5. ^ "Anchor Bar to open location at Darien Lake". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  6. ^ "Anchor Bar Opens on Transit Road". The Buffalo News. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  7. ^ "Listing" (PDF).
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Anchor Bar Pulls The Plug at The Grand Canal Shoppes".
  10. ^ "Anchor Bar sails into Toronto". 18 October 2016.
  11. ^ "New York City".
  12. ^ "Popular American Wing Resto Officially Open in Mississauga". Retrieved 2018-06-19.

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