Claremore Daily Progress
October 15, 2013
Buffalo Wild Wings opens to great fanfare
Claremore welcomed another new business Monday as Buffalo Wild Wings opened to the public, bringing 120 new jobs, increased sales tax revenue and a new choice for consumers.
The highly, anticipated opening of the new sports-themed restaurant had customers lined around the block to get in Monday morning.
Owner Ed Lynn and General Manager Rick Hatley invested more than $1.5 million into the business with the assistance of the property owner, according to Lynn.
The investment was more than financial as Lynn hired local workers and made the community the focus of the restaurant.
The restaurant idea originated from Lynn’s trips to Claremore while his daughter studied as a student athlete at Rogers State University.
“My experience at Rogers State University gave me the insight and the opportunity that exists here for Buffalo Wild Wings,” Lynn said.
The restaurant not only features a menu with variety its atmosphere provides a place for the entire community to gather, according to Lynn.
The floor plan is set up to meet the needs of community groups, families and friends, who just want a place to go watch a game.
“This is a community gathering place,” Lynn said.
With more than 40 televisions, the restaurant will provide opportunities to view major sporting events throughout the year.
Community groups can even bring in local footage or presentations when hosting meetings in the community room, Lynn said.
Each area of the restaurant serves a purpose, providing something for everyone from the Sunday afternoon church crowd to the Saturday college football fever groups, according to Lynn.
The business offers entertainment for even the youngest of guest with their portable game consoles.
Lynn said he welcomes the community and hopes the restaurant will bring people together.
“We will contribute to the quality of life in this community,” Lynn said.
More than an entertaining place to enjoy a meal, the restaurant is an investment in the community bringing sales tax revenue and jobs to the area, according to Lynn.
Our payroll will be in the millions and thousands of sales tax dollars have already been generated, Lynn said.
“It is a social experience and an economic experience,” Lynn said. “It is a win, win, win for everybody.”