A new Enos Ranch business has taken flight in Santa Maria.
At 10 a.m. Monday, Buffalo Wild Wings opened the doors of its brand-new building in the Bradley West portion of the Enos Ranch mixed use development near Bradley and Betteravia roads.
“We are excited to be a part of Santa Maria,” Buffalo Wild Wings General Manager Doug Lindsay said. "The community has been so enthusiastic for us to open up."
The restaurant was packed with patrons all day Monday.
For opening day, Buffalo Wild Wings offered free voucher booklets good for free chicken wings for one year to the first 100 customers. Some loyal Buffalo-wing enthusiasts even camped out overnight to earn their free wings.
The restaurant chain started in Columbus, Ohio, in 1981 when two friends, Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery, could not find their favorite Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The pair took matters into their own hands. Now, their effort has spread to Santa Maria with Monday’s opening, making the new Enos Ranch location one of more than 1,180 locations worldwide.
“Wings, sports and beer,” Linsday said when asked to describe the restaurant.
Buffalo Wild Wings has 21 flavors of wings, from sweet barbecue and blazin’ to salt and vinegar and desert heat. Besides wings, the restaurant offers multiple salad options, burgers, flatbreads, wraps and sandwiches.
The new restaurant offers both inside and outside dining opportunities and employs about 130 people.
“The folks that we have hired have been top notch. Santa Maria has been phenomenal for us,” Lindsay said. “All local folks, department managers are local folks.”
Lindsay said one of the reasons he enjoys working with the company is its desire to be connected to the community.
“This is a very community-connected business,” he said.
Buffalo Wild Wings routinely holds fundraisers and events for local groups. At other area Buffalo Wild Wings locations, a recent round of promotions and events tied to the NFL preseason raised funds for a youth-based organization. The new Buffalo Wild Wings plans to do similar events in the Santa Maria Valley.
“We were able to raise about $3,000 for the Boys & Girls Club, (and) we will be partnering with a local chapter here. That is one of the best things about my job,” Lindsay said.
Buffalo Wild Wings will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. most days, with varying hours Sunday.
“We may open early and close earlier on some Sundays, depending on football,” Lindsay explained.
Buffalo Wild Wings joins Costco, the only other retailer open for business at the Enos Ranch development. When complete, the project will include new car dealerships, restaurants, and stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods and Old Navy.
Dick’s Sporting Goods will be located behind Buffalo Wild Wings when construction is complete.
Work on the development, which will also include a more than 300-unit apartment complex, started last year and is expected to wrap up in early 2018.