Buffalo Wild Wings

Founded: 1982, Began Franchise: 1991


Buffalo Wild Wings began as a partnership with two friends James Disbrow and Scott Lowery moved from Buffalo, New York to Kent, Ohio. But while in Kent, Ohio they couldn't reach that restaurant that served Buffalo-style Chicken Wings, and so this gave them the idea to create their own. First named BW-3(Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck) opened in 1982, in Columbus, Ohio. Later starting their franchise in 1991, and bring more items to the menu.
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Total Investment: $1,443,700 - $3,589,700

Franchise Fee: $40,000

Ongoing Royalty Fee: 5%

Terms of Franchise Agreement: 20 years, renewable


All franchisees own 50% more than one unit. Many employees need to run the franchise units: 40 to 60. Owners can't be absent from their franchise. 80% of current franchises are owner/operators.


At Certified Training Restaurant: 7 weeks

Ongoing Support

  • Newsletter
  • Meetings
  • Grand Opening
  • Internet
  • Security/Safety Procedures
  • Purchasing Cooperatives
  • Field Operations/Evaluation

Marketing Support

  • Co-op advertising
  • National Media
  • Regional advertising
  • Ad slicks

Franchise 500 Rank

2011: #63

2012: #62

2013: #64

2014: #62

2015: #59