March 26 2015

New Wing Place Setting Up Shop in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

A new restaurant coming into Burlington will be welcome news to wing lovers. 


The Planning Board voted to approve a site plan amendment and a special permit to allow Buffalo Wild Wings to set up shop at 15 South Avenue. The property, owned by National Development, is located in what was the extra parking for the AMC Cinema and is behind the Chili’s on Middlesex Turnpike. 


Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1982 in Columbus, Ohio, and now has at least one store in every state in the country. Locally there is a location in Danvers and one in Saugus. 


Pat Lennox, a member of the restaurant group that will own the Burlington franchise, said that he and his colleagues are excited to open in Burlington. 


“We started looking at this market five years ago and identified it as one of the places we had to be,” he said. 

Lennox said the restaurant offers a variety of wings with 16 different signature sauces that range from mild in spiciness to “very hot.” They also carry a variety of other menu options, including burgers, salads, wraps and flatbreads. 


Buffalo Wild Wings also has a large variety of domestic, imported and craft beers. 


Lennox said the restaurant will be a family-friendly “sports themed” establishment and has many televisions that will feature games and sporting events. There will also be an outdoor patio, complete with outdoor televisions, for the warmer weather. 


Buffalo Wild Wings’ locations appeal to a wide range of clientele, Lennox said. During the dinner time there are a lot of families and at night the restaurants normally fill up with the 25-35 year old crowd. 


Members of the Planning Board, who had previously approved the site for a restaurant, did not express much concern about the newly proposed layout, that included a change to the orientation of the building and changes to the parking lot setup. 


Member Paul Roth said he hoped the owners would think hard about making the back of the building, which will face Middlesex Turnpike, aesthetically appealing because so many people will see it. Lennox said that was important for him as well. 


The new site plan amendment and special license were approved unanimously with the one condition that the signs on the restaurant not flash.  


When asked, Lennox said they hope to have the new restaurant open by the end of the year. 

 
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