Buffalo Wild Wings set to fly at mall

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HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Fans of the tasty, finger-licking offerings from Buffalo Wild Wings now have another reason to start piling up the napkins in anticipation of the chain’s Hamilton Mall opening.

Hamilton Township Committee unanimously approved transferring a liquor license to the chain during its meeting on Monday, July 9.

Committee approved transferring an inactive liquor license from Harry and Lori Carlson to BWW Jersey Wings, Inc. effective July 18.

Committee also voted to accept Citi Bank letters of credit as performance guarantees for the Hamilton Mall LLC/Kravco Company’s expansion project which includes $1.7 million for Buffalo Wild Wings and Longhorn Steakhouse pad sites.

Those restaurants will be constructed along the mall’s ring road and toward the east side of the complex.

The 30-year-old Buffalo Wild Wings chain was founded when former Buffalo, N.Y., resident James Disbrow couldn’t find authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings in Kent, Ohio. As a result, he started his own restaurant and the chain grew from there.

Longhorn Steakhouse is owned by Darden Restaurants, which also operates Red Lobster and the Olive Garden among other eateries.

Earlier this year, the Hamilton Township Planning Board gave approval to the first phase of a two-phase Hamilton Mall expansion project that will increase the mall size by 25 percent.

In addition to the two new restaurants, initial expansion plans call for the creation of an island of stores to be placed in front of the mall. Other short-term expansion plans include the construction of two mini anchor stores near J.C. Penney.

Long-term plans call for the creation of an anchor store to be constructed in the current parking lot located behind the mall.

If you can’t wait, or if you want a taste of what’s to come, there is a Buffalo Wild Wings located at Union Lake Crossings, 2164 N. Second St., Millville.

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