Anchor Bar
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The Anchor Bar in 2007
Restaurant information
Established1935 (1935)[1][2]
Food typeItalian
American
Dress codeCasual
Street address1047 Main St.
CityBuffalo
StateNew York
Postal/ZIP Code14209
CountryUnited States
Coordinates42°54′08.568″N 78°52′06.651″W / 42.90238000°N 78.86851417°W / 42.90238000; -78.86851417Coordinates: 42°54′08.568″N 78°52′06.651″W / 42.90238000°N 78.86851417°W / 42.90238000; -78.86851417
Other informationPhone: (716) 884-4083
WebsiteAnchorBar.com

The Anchor Bar is a bar and restaurant in Buffalo, New York, located north of Downtown Buffalo at the intersection of Main and North Streets.[3][4] The restaurant was initially established in 1935.[1][2] The bar is most famous for allegedly being the birthplace of spicy chicken wings known outside the Buffalo area as Buffalo wings.[3][4]

History

The Anchor Bar, on Main Street in Buffalo, New York, was established in 1935 by Frank and Teressa Bellissimo.[1][2]

It became famous for its claim to be the location of the invention of the Buffalo-style chicken wing.

Frank Bellissimo died in October of 1980 at the age of 84.

Teressa Bellissimo, who opened the Anchor Bar with her husband Frank, and is credited with inventing the Buffalo Wing, died in her apartment above the bar in November of 1985. She was 84.

Dominic, the son of Frank and Teressa, who later owned the establishment and actively promoted the bar and its wings, died in March of 1991 at the age of 68.

On November 20, 2018, Ivano Toscani, owner of the Anchor Bar, died from a long illness eight days before his 69th birthday. Toscani began working for the Bellissimos at the bar in the mid-1970s. [5]

Chicken wings

Buffalo wings and celery at the Anchor Bar

Buffalo, New York’s now-famous Anchor Bar Restaurant’s association with Buffalo wings originated in the 1960s.

On March 4th, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar. Late that evening, a group of Bellissimo’s friends arrived at the bar. He asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat. With little food left, Teressa took some chicken wings, which were normally used for soups or thrown out, deep-fried them and put a mixture of Frank's RedHot sauce, butter, cayenne pepper and other ingredients on them. She brought out some cut celery and blue cheese for dipping as hors d'oeuvres. That began a Buffalo tradition.

The wings were initially offered free of charge.

Authentic Buffalo Wings are never battered. They are not grilled, but only deep-fried and slightly crispy. The sauce is added after the wing has been cooked. “Wings,” as they are called in Buffalo (versus “Buffalo Wings) are traditionally served with chunky blue cheese dressing and celery (freshly cut carrots are often served, as well).

Today, Anchor Bar sauces are sold in the United States at Tops Friendly Markets, and in Canada at Sobey's and Metro stores.[citation needed]

In 2007, Iron Chef and Food Network personality Bobby Flay appeared at the Anchor Bar for a Buffalo wing "throwdown" with the self-proclaimed "Wing King", Drew Cerza.

Other locations

In the summer of 2012, it was announced that a second location would open in Hamilton, Ontario. The second location will be located in the Jackson Square mall.[6]

In 2013, a quick service version of The Anchor Bar opened at the Darien Lake amusement park about half an hour away from Buffalo. This location has a limited menu compared to the original, but still offers the original wing sauce both on wings and sold in bottles along with other menu choices.[7]

On October 1, 2014, another Anchor Bar location opened on Transit Road outside of the Eastern Hills Mall.[8]

On October 22, 2015, the newest Anchor Bar location opened in the Millcroft Shopping Plaza, located at Appleby Line and Upper Middle Street in Burlington, Ontario.[9]

In 2015, it was announced that a franchise would open in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian in Las Vegas.[10] The location closed February 19, 2016.[11]

In September 2016 a third Ontario location opened in Toronto, Ontario at located at Dixon and Martin Grove roads. [12]

On May 17, 2018, Anchor Bar opened in New York City. [13]

In June 2018, a fourth Ontario location opened in Mississauga, Ontario on Hurontario Street.[14]

The Anchor Bar has a restaurant location in the Main Terminal at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Besides the restaurants in New York state, there are others: in Frederick, MD, Rochester Hills, MI, and two in Texas: San Antonio & Schertz.

In Popular Culture

The Anchor Bar appears in a driving montage in The Simpsons episode D'oh Canada in Season 30 (episode 21).

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c Olmsted, Larry (September 10, 2015). "Food pilgrimage: Buffalo wings in Buffalo, part 1". USA Today. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Wilson, Paul (August 23, 2012). "Buffalo's Anchor Bar wings it to downtown Hamilton". CBC News. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Epting, Chris. James Dean Died Here. p. 18. ISBN 1-891661-31-0.
  4. ^ a b An Attempt to Compile a Short History of the Buffalo Chicken WingThe New Yorker, accessed December 27, 2009
  5. ^ McNeil, Harold; Anderson, Dale (November 20, 2018). "Ivano Toscani, Anchor Bar general manager, dead at 68". The Buffalo News. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hamilton Breaking News - Hamilton's Online Newspaper - TheSpec.com". TheSpec.com.
  7. ^ "Anchor Bar to open location at Darien Lake". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  8. ^ "Anchor Bar Opens on Transit Road". The Buffalo News. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
  9. ^ "Listing" (PDF). www.anchorbarcanada.com.
  10. ^ Fink, James (30 April 2015). "'A lot at stake' for Anchor Bar's Vegas location – Buffalo – Buffalo Business First". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
  11. ^ "Anchor Bar Pulls The Plug at The Grand Canal Shoppes".
  12. ^ "Anchor Bar sails into Toronto". 18 October 2016.
  13. ^ "New York City". www.anchorbar.com.
  14. ^ "Popular American Wing Resto Officially Open in Mississauga". Retrieved 2018-06-19.

External links

  • Official website