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Largest Buffalo Wild Wings In America Opening Sunday In Detroit

December 19 2012 | 5 comments

 

The newest location of a popular restaurant chain is about to open in downtown Detroit.

It’s Buffalo Wild Wings, and it’s moving into a historic building on the edge of Greektown.

Detroit 2020 got a look inside.

A dramatic transformation is almost complete. It’s the latest symbol of Detroit’s revitalization…

The Temple of Odd Fellows Building..built nearly140 years ago at the corner of Randolph and Monroe, will be the home of the largest Buffalo Wild Wings in the country.

The man behind it is Michael Ansley…whose Diversified Restaurant Holdings operates 31 Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants…

He sees building with potential…and a prime location. “We envision a strong lunch crowd with a lot of the professional companies downtown…it’ll probably transform in the evening to probably a younger crowd,” Ansley told Detroit 2020.

The new restaurant has 95—that’s right—95 tv’s, and it will be able accommodate more than four hundred people on two floors.

Look around, and you’ll see Detroit sports everywhere—from logos on the brick—to historical photos—to jerseys.

The sparkling new kitchen is in a brand new building next door.

On the second floor, there’s a private banquet room, and another room that opens up to an outdoor patio…

And as the finishing touches were being put on the new B-Dubs, as it’s called, some of the more than 150 employees who’ll be working here, were on hand for training..in preparation of this Sunday’s opening.

Ansley is also moving his company’s staff downtown to the top floor of the building.

And he’s not stopping there.

Next door, he’ll be opening a Bagger Dave’s restaurant.

“I love independent restaurants—I think they’re great and I think chain restaurants are great so I think a good mix is a healthy environment..it’ll help the renaissance of Detroit,” Ansley said.

On Wednesday, December 26th, the new BWW expects a big crowd when Central Michigan plays in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field.

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  1. marytee December 19, 2012

    Good! May try to stop by on the way to lions game.

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  2. Paul Fretz December 19, 2012

    Remember, just 4.5 years ago, the back facade on this building collapsed? The City even took out a permit to have the building demolished. Whether or not you think chain restaurants moving into the city is a good thing or a bad thing, this is a great sign for Detroit.

    http://www.urbanplanet.org/forums/index.php/topic/45694-randolph-street-building-collapse/

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  3. Pamela Stanley December 19, 2012

    I love it. Please say you will have pay-per view for wrestling. My husband and I love to go watch it but the only one we know of is in Monroe, Michigan. And we are both disabled and can’t travel that far. Please consider having it there. Thank you.

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  4. Dwayne December 20, 2012

    Good news! I will do my part and support the business.

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  5. Donald December 20, 2012

    Why not open 18 hours earlier for the 50,000 people going to Ford Field for the 8:30pm Lions game?!

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