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Buffalo Wild Wings set to open in Janesville

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JAMES P. LEUTE
September 30, 2008
— It will be too late for this football season, but Buffalo Wild Wings will be open in Janesville for next season.

Gale Price, the cityís manager of building and development services, said the sports-themed wing and burger restaurant will open next spring in a building under construction at the former Wal-Mart site near the intersection of Highway 14 and Milton Avenue.


Buffalo Wild Wings will occupy about 5,860 square feet of the building, making it a large restaurant, Price said.


Buffalo Wild Wings is one of the fastest-growing restaurant chains in the country. Itís best known for its New York-style chicken wings and 14 signature dipping sauces. It also has a full menu and a sports atmosphere that includes several big-screen televisions.


The restaurant was founded in 1982 after James Disbrow and Scott Lowery moved from New York to Ohio. Unable to find authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings, they decided to open up their own restaurant.


The chain now has more than 430 locations in 37 states.


Price also said another long-time Janesville restaurant will get a new look.


The owners of KFC, 2449 Milton Ave., plan to tear down the existing restaurant and replace it with a larger store. The existing restaurant is considered too small, and its bathrooms donít meet accessibility standards.


Price set the project needs a conditional use permit, which will be discussed at a public hearing Monday, Oct. 20. Price said the new KFC could be in operation four months after that.



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