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Anchor Bar sails into Toronto

By Maryam Shah, Toronto Sun

Anchor Bar wings (Supplied)

Anchor Bar wings (Supplied)

Toronto - 

Buffalo’s most famous bar has dropped anchor in Toronto.

The Anchor Bar, known as the home to the original Buffalo chicken wings, opened a location at 636 Dixon Rd., west of Martin Grove Rd., at the end of September.

The Toronto location is the third Anchor Bar to open in Ontario — joining franchises in Hamilton and Burlington. David Copperthwaite owns all three of them.

“We get people from all over going to Burlington,” Copperthwaite said Tuesday. “Even from Scarborough, coming out, driving out for the day, having dinner, and then taking $200-$300 worth of takeout back.

“So it’s just a way that we’ll be moving towards deeper into Toronto as we go.”

The first Anchor Bar opened in Buffalo in 1935, inventing the chicken wing in 1964.

“We’re going through, between three stores, almost 1,800 pounds a day of wings,” Copperthwaite said. “It’s all fresh. Never frozen. Even if we’re running low, we’ll run out before we serve frozen wings.”

And he has his eyes set on expanding into downtown Toronto.

“I have a couple of sites in mind,” Copperthwaite said. “We’re in negotiations.”

ABOUT THE ANCHOR BAR

  • 1935 — First opened in Buffalo.
  • 1964 — Invented chicken wings.
  • 1047 Main St., Buffalo — Home of the original Anchor Bar.
  • 9 — Total number of franchise locations opened since 2009.
  • 70,000 — Pounds of wings served per month.