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Anchor Bar formally opens new, largest location

A local landmark has a new outpost on Maple Road's restaurant row. A new franchise of the Anchor Bar has opened in the old Fuddruckers building.Anchor Bar is a well-known, family-owned business. The new locale on Maple Road is the seventh the owning family has franchised, including an outpost inside Buffalo Niagara International Airport. It is also the largest of the franchise locations, offering an outdoor patio for wings under the stars and a large sports bar area.

Anchor Bar Franchise and Development Vice President Mark Dempsey said the location is adding some new sauce flavors to the wings, in recognition of the ethnic diversity of the Town of Amherst, that will not be found at the flagship restaurant at Main and East North streets in Buffalo.

"We do have a couple new flavors here that we don't at the Main Street location. We have a chipotle barbecue sauce. We also have sweet and sour and a garlic parm," Dempsey said. "We're coming out with a couple of new ones, too. We wanted to expand the sauce offering and we're going to be coming out with a couple of rubs, as well."

Co-owner Tom Tran said he is familiar with chicken from growing up in Vietnam and familiar with restaurants because he has owned several locally. In order to open an Anchor Bar, there was weeks of extensive training, so the 93 employees know the story of how Teressa Bellissimo invented the chicken wing and the kitchen crew knows the right way to cook a wing.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.