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September 08, 2011

BWW to land 2nd Roch. location at Crossroads

Here's some from a piece I published back on Sept. 2, right before the holdiday weekend. Been getting some questions on this project, so I thought I'd post it on here to help people out.

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Tom Graf is tired of seeing people turn around and leave his Buffalo Wild Wings grill and bar after seeing it packed with people.

"Not only my friends, but my regular customers tell me they can't get in. From the middle of December until the middle of April, it is almost embarrassing," says the owner of the wildly popular sports bar in northwest Rochester.
BWW Hoping to end that embarrassment, Graf is set to launch a huge project to build a second Buffalo Wild Wings in front of the Crossroads Shopping Center.

Earlier this week, Graf wrapped up the purchase of the Pannekoeken Huis restaurant building at 1201 S. Broadway. Pannekoeken closed in early August.

The next step is to demolish the 27-year-old building to clear the way for a new 6,000-square-foot, stand-alone Buffalo Wild Wings as a southern sister to Graf's first2162494E restaurant in the Northwest Plaza.

To hit his goal of opening the new place in March, the plan is to have the demolition occur in the next two to three weeks.

The south BWW will be a little larger than the existing one, but will include a patio that will seat 50.

  This patio will be designed with TVs hung outside, so customers can follow the game whether they are inside or out.

Speaking of TVs, the existing BWW near Gander Mountain has about 40. When the new restaurant opens, Graf expects to have about 50. It will also sport a separate entrance as well as designated parking for people picking up take-out orders.

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Good move! I like the fact they are adding a second location rather than just building one larger location.

Everyone always complains about there being too many "chains" or too many "sports bars/grills" in Rochester but yet they are always busy.

BBW? lol

LOL - Thanks for pointing that out. I was a little heavy on the B and light on the W. Fixed now. Though that headline might have generated more traffic to the blog. Heh.

Now if people weren't so lazy in this town to drive from the north side to the south side and vice versa... I see it all the time where I work, where we have two locations. Suggest trying the opposite location, and all you get is well I don't want to go all that way. It's too far..

I don't know if this applies to jsubed's line of work, but if I am looking for something at a retail business that has two locations, and they say "try the other location", I consider it bad customer service if they don't try to make sure that other location has it in stock. Like most people, I would just go to their much closer competitor. Same is true for food I think. If B'dubs is packed, I would not want to drive across town to see if the other B'dubs is also packed, I'd just go somewhere else. Why? Because I have a life and am busy.

Lots of look with the parking at that site Graf

Thats why i dont go to these places much-dont want to wait to get seated, seems like they build these places too small for the # of people in this town, it's obvious people in this town like to go out to eat and have fun. Nice to have the room on hand.

Jsubed, do you just "suggest", or do you take the two minutes to call the other location to find out how busy they are or if they have that particular item in stock?
When I stop at a "North location", I don't mind driving across town to the "South location", but I sure appreciate if the clerk can call ahead for me to make sure I don't drive across town for nothing...

I'll be happy if they have a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine like the Mall of America location! Not a big soda drinker and I still think it is really cool. We each changed flavors with our refill. We tried Diet Cherry Sprite, Diet Grape Sprite, Diet Cherry Vanilla Coke and Diet Strawberry Fanta. All were good. Really hope the south Rochester location has this machine in the plan.

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