Buffalo Wild Wings

Chain of restaurants specializing in wings.

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Headquarters:
5500 Wayzata Blvd, Suite 1600
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Employees: 19,000
CEO: Sally Smith
Stock Symbol: BWLD

Website: http://www.buffalowildwings.com

Career Site

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is one of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Restaurant Chains in the country. There are currently more than 1,070 locations across 49 states and Canada. Nearly two-thirds are franchised locations.

The chain's menu features fresh chicken wings with 21 special sauces and other items including boneless wings, ribs, chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, specialty hamburgers and sandwiches, wraps, Buffalito soft tacos, appetizers and salads.

The restaurants serve approximately 20 domestic and imported beers on tap, including several local or regional micro-brews and a wide selection of bottled beers, wines, and liquor.

Guests have the option of watching sporting events or other popular programs on our projection screens and up to 40 additional televisions, playing Buzztime Trivia or video games.

Buffalo Wild Wings sells on average 21 million traditional and boneless wings each week.

In fiscal 2014, Buffalo Wild Wings reported revenues of $1.51 billion, up from $1.26 billion, and net income of $94.0 million.

Average weekly sales for company-owned Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants were $62,119 for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $58,204 for the same quarter last year, a 6.7% increase. Franchised Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States averaged $63,949 for the period versus $61,167 in the fourth quarter a year ago, a 4.5% increase.

Buffalo Wild Wings plans to open 50 company-owned and 40 franchised locations in 2015. It said its goal is to have 1,700 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

In March 2013, the company made a minority investment in PizzaRev, an artisan pizza concept based in Los Angeles.

The company also made an investment in the Rusty Taco restaurant chain in 2014. Rusty Taco has two company-owned and seven franchised locations in three markets -- Dallas, Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

In January 2015, Buffalo Wild Wings opened its first location in the Philippines.

History

Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1982 at a location near The Ohio State University Campus by Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery. The pair were from Buffalo, NY and missed eating the style of wings there. The restaurant's original name was Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck , or BW-3. A Weck is short for kimmelweck, a Kaiser roll seasoned with special toppings. These tasty rolls were popular on the East Coast and were served at the restaurants when it was first opened.

In 1998, the company officially changed its name to Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar to better describe the restaurants.

The company went public on November 20th, 2003.

Benefits

- Tuition reimbursement program
- Flexible work hours
- Medical, dental, disability and life insurance plans
- Competitive pay
- Certified Trainer Program
- 401(k) savings plan and company match
- Great opportunities for advancement
- Meal discounts
- Fun work environment

Updated February 11, 2015