Buffalo Wild Wings will open its doors in time for the Fourth of July celebrations.
The ribbon cutting is scheduled for July 3, with the first full week of operation kicking off July 6, said Dana Balch, the restaurant’s general manager.
“We are super excited,” he said. “It’s been a long time in the making.”
Residents have come up to Balch and his staff for weeks when they have been spotted out and about sporting the Buffalo Wild Wings’ logos on their work uniforms.
“There’s been a lot of excitement in town to see a family friendly sports restaurant,” he said.
The local connection extends to employees. Four out of five members of the management team are Wesley Chapel residents, including Balch. The restaurant is a member of the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce.
The restaurant is off State Road 56, next to the Gate gas station and east of Cypress Ridge Boulevard. The area is a hot spot for new development including the recently opened Mercedes Benz-Wesley Chapel.
Further east, just beyond the Interstate 75 exchange, construction is under way on the Tampa Premium Outlets and the Cypress Creek Town Center.
The new Buffalo Wild Wings is the second location for the Ohio-based chain. Another restaurant is in New Port Richey.
The restaurant was founded in 1982 with the name Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck. It was popularized with the nickname, BW-3. But after the restaurant dropped the weck roll for its sandwiches, a new nickname found favor – B-dubs.
Buffalo Wild Wings is known for its wings and selections of domestic, imported and craft beers. The menu also features
chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, tacos, salads, hamburgers and sandwiches.
The restaurant will have plenty of televisions, too, for those who enjoy watching sports.
Published June 24, 2015