Buffalo Wild Wings

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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.
Founded 1982; 34 years ago (1982)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Founder Jim Disbrow
Scott Lowery
Bernard Spencer
Headquarters Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Number of locations
1,175 (as of February 2016)
Area served
United States, Canada, Mexico, The Philippines, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Panama.
Key people
Sally Smith (CEO)[1]
Products Chicken Wings, Shareables, Sandwiches and Burgers
Revenue $1.2 billion
Website buffalowildwings.com
Buffalo Wild Wings Location in Athens, Ohio

Buffalo Wild Wings is an American casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise in the United States, Canada, Mexico and The Philippines which specializes in chicken wings and sauces.

Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck logo


Buffalo Wild Wings was co-founded in 1982 by Jim Disbrow, Scott Lowery and Bernard Spencer. Disbrow, Lowery and Spencer came up with the idea one weekend when they got together in Kent, Ohio, for Disbrow to a judge an amateur figure skating competition at Ivy Tech in 1980. They decided to open up their own restaurant, first in Columbus, Ohio, and then in Westerville, Ohio one year later.[2]

Originally called Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck,[3] from which the abbreviation bw-3 was created (the third W was for the beef on weck sandwich, a staple of the Buffalo region), in 1990 Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck began to franchise. In 1998 the name was changed to Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar.[4] As of February 2015, it had 1,070 locations (485 directly owned by the company, and 585 franchised locations) across all 50 U.S. states and DC.[5] An alternate nickname in recent usage by the company is B-Dubs.[6][7]

The corporate headquarters was located in Cincinnati, Ohio until 1997 when it moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In 2010, the company announced an expansion into Canada.[8] In February 2012, Buffalo Wild Wings reported $495 million in total assets.[9]

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  1. ^ Southward, Brandon (July 22, 2013). "The Crowd Goes Wild". Fortune. 168 (2): 18. 
  2. ^ The original location itself closed on November 19, 2006. In late June 2007, the new Buffalo Wild Wings opened at Ohio State University in Columbus. This massive store has over 75 televisions and spans over 8,000 square feet. The location is two blocks north of the original. It would have opened when the old one closed but construction took a little longer than planned. It also got its name from people getting things in 3 like 3 buffalo wings. [1]
  3. ^ "Buffalo Wild Wings Company History" (PDF). Buffalo Wild Wings. 
  4. ^ http://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/faq/
  5. ^ "Form 10-K - Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. - BWLD". February 6, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^ "B-Dubs Buffalo Wild Wings app". 
  7. ^ "B-Dubs iPhone App". 
  8. ^ Singleton, Sharon (August 18, 2010). "Buffalo Wild Wings coming to Canada". Toronto Sun. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Buffalo Wild Wings 2011 Sales Figures Will Likely Push Total Assets Above $400 Million – Profits Continue to Beat Expectations". Quarterly Retail Review. March 22, 2011. 

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