The temperature outside was fierce, but that didn’t stop a legion of metro Detroiters from lining up on Main Street in downtown Royal Oak early Monday for a shot at a year of free chicken wings.
The mood was friendly as people bundled up in layers of blankets, sat on folding chairs and chatted among themselves about many things, including their love of spicy fare from Buffalo Wild Wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings opened today in the former Barnes and Noble location on Main Street and as a gift to fans of saucy chicken, they gave away free wings for a year to the first 100 people who visited.
By 6:30 a.m., the line outside the new Buffalo Wild Wings stretched to the end of the block.
But is it a good place to pick up men?
One woman seemed to think so, telling WWJ’s Charlie Langton at least she knew the men she was in line with had something in common with her: They like to eat chicken wings.
But if they picked the wrong sauce? “That would be a deal breaker for me,” she told Langton.
Waiting in line wasn’t a deal breaker for two men who happened to see each other for the first time in 20 years. “Hey man, we went to school together!” he said, obviously delighted.
For Buffalo Wild Wings, the downtown Royal Oak location made perfect sense, the president and CEO said.
“The move from Ferndale to Royal Oak will give us much-needed room to expand. We are moving into a 9,100-square-foot space that is nearly 30 percent larger than our previous restaurant,” said T. Michael Ansley, president and CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc., in a press release.
“We also love the location in Royal Oak, at arguably one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the region. It offers the same cool downtown vibe as the nearby Ferndale location, but with more space. We foresee this new location quickly becoming a popular gathering spot for many.”
As an added bonus, for the first week they’re in business, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Oakland County.