April 28, 2006 - Buffalo Wings, first introduced at Frank and Teresa’s world-famous Anchor Bar in Buffalo, N.Y., will soon be available to consumers in North Carolina. The Anchor Bar Franchise Company announced today its first franchise development agreement with Carlson Foods. Carlson Foods will be the exclusive Area Developer for the Anchor Bar in the state of North Carolina. Anchor Bar locations will offer patrons a unique atmosphere, casual upscale menus, including signature Buffalo Wings, and regular live entertainment. The Anchor Bar will offer three distinct versions of its world famous restaurant. The largest of the new restaurants will be replicas of the original Anchor Bar restaurant and bar. The second will be a smaller version designed for locations with less space called Anchor Bar-in-Line. The third, Anchor Bar-to-Go, will be offered as a fast-food derivation. All facilities will feature the original Buffalo Wings and upscale casual dining menus. Construction of the first Anchor Bar in North Carolina is expected to begin in June and be completed by November.
Over the past 26 years, Carlson Food’s Steve Carlson, a leading restauranteur, has opened and operated 36 restaurants including a number of Arby’s franchise locations. In addition, Carlson Foods owns and operates the Wing City Grille in Fredonia, New York and The Casino in Bemus Point, New York. These two successful and well-known restaurant and entertainment properties are located in western New York and The Casino has been in operation since 1929.
“After meeting with the management of the Anchor Bar Franchise Company, I carefully analyzed their program, key demographics, industry trends and markets around the country. I liked their franchise plan and the fact that the Anchor Bar is the recognized originator of the Buffalo Wing. I have a great deal of experience selling Buffalo Wings; in fact, The Casino holds the record in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most wings sold in a 24-hour period. Buffalo wings are part of the American culture and continue to be extremely popular across the country,” said Steve Carlson, President of Carlson Foods. “We looked at many parts of the country and believe strongly that North Carolina is ideal for us. It is a rapidly growing region and an area where we are very excited to bring the first Anchor Bar. Families will find the creative and upscale food offerings, in addition to the famous wings, perfect for lunches and dinners. With the uniquely themed bar, live entertainment and Buffalo Wings each Anchor Bar will also offer a great night out for the adult crowd.”
“The Anchor Bar Franchise Company welcomes Steve Carlson to the Anchor Bar family as our first Area Developer. He is a respected professional with a proven track record in the food service industry. We are pleased to have him and his team at Carlson Foods as part of our operation. Carlson Foods is on the right track to make an impressive start in North Carolina. We are certain that consumers will find the uniquely Buffalo atmosphere, upscale casual dining and entertainment experiences offered at these locations something that they will enjoy time and time again,” said John Veyette of the Anchor Bar Franchise Company.
“As the Anchor Bar’s first Area Developer, I plan on working closely with the company to build the brand name and introduce the restaurants and their offerings to the public. We have assembled a group of leading industry professionals to assist us in opening our locations and train the new members of our team. We are energized and look forward to offering customers a unique blend of Northern hustle with the Southern hospitality. There is great potential for growth, and we are excited about taking our first steps in North Carolina,” added Carlson.
About the Anchor Bar Franchise Company, LLC
The Anchor Bar Franchise Company LLC will be marketing and managing the Anchor Bar franchise concept and restaurants. Additional information about the Anchor Bar can be found at www.anchorbar.com or www.buffalowings.com.
Bill Corbett, Jr.
Tel: (516) 775-0435
View Company Website: http://www.anchorbar.com