April 14 2015

Incoming Wings Restaurant One Step Closer to Opening

By: Rich Hosford

A new wing restaurant got one step closer to opening this week. 


The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to approve a liquor license for Buffalo Wild Wings during the meeting Monday night. The wing place will be located 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. 


According to Town Administrator John Petrin, the town has two liquor licenses for that district that are district specific. If Buffalo Wild Wings ever decided to sell its license it could only do so to another business in that part of town. 


Before granting the license the board made sure the owners and managers were aware of the town’s bylaws on alcohol – that a person cannot order more than two drinks without also ordering food. 


Scott Neary of Buffalo Wild Wings said that the company takes serving alcohol very seriously. 


“Some people do as much as we do to ensure proper serving of alcohol, but nobody does more,” he said. 


Neary said the restaurant has secret shoppers check to ensure that employees are checking identifications. He said that if a secret shopper is under 35 years old and is not carded then the server who failed to check will be suspended for a week. 


Board member Robert Hogan said he was glad to hear the restaurant checks its employees but reminded them that the town does as well in the form of police stings. 


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 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. 

 

Lennox said he hopes the restaurant will be open by the end of the year. 

 
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