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Buffalo Wild Wings opens in Turkey Creek

Buffalo Wild Wings has opened its doors in Turkey Creek.

The restaurant chain, located just behind Red Robin Gourmet Burgers at 11431 Parkside Drive, specializes in wings.

“The main thing is wings. We do have southwest grill wraps and quesadillas and things like that. And we have pretty good burgers,” BWW general manager Lewis Everett said.

“But wings and beer and sports is our main focus,” he added.

During the week, wings are 45 cents on Tuesday and boneless wings are 60 cents on Thursday.

Buffalo Wild Wings is decorated with local sports memorabilia, including The University of Tennessee jerseys, as well as a few from local high schools, including Farragut, Bearden and Knoxville Catholic.

“We have Steve McNair’s and Peyton Manning’s, from UT, their numbers … and pictures of Neyland Stadium … and Titan Stadium,” Everett said.

The restaurant has 43 televisions and video games that are free to play.

Buffalo Wild Wings works with those local high school sports teams to help them raise money through “spirit nights.”

“We pick a night and one of their teams will come in, with all their families and stuff, and all the money they spend, we’ll give 10 percent back.

“People are going to go out to eat anyway, so if they come here, then we just donate 10 percent of it,” Everett said.

“We’re going to try to get a friendly competition between the schools and see who can do the best,” he added.

Buffalo Wild Wings also sponsors another local charity, ChildHelp, and presented the charity with a $1,268 check with proceeds taken during the restaurant’s grand opening.

“Part of Buffalo Wild Wing’s creed is that we are community connected. So that’s the charity that I’ve adopted for our store, so we’ll have an ongoing relationship with them,” Everett said.

The restaurant will continue to have charitable events to benefit ChildHelp.

The Turkey Creek restaurant seats about 260, including the patio, and employs more than 100.

The restaurant is open until about midnight during the week and until about 1 a.m. during the weekend.

Buffalo Wild Wings has two other locations in the Greater Knoxville area, in Alcoa and near UT.

Choosing Turkey Creek as its next Knoxville-area location was no mistake.

“We love the trade area,” Hal Osborne, BWW regional manager, said.

Buffalo Wild Wings’ parent company is based out of Minneapolis, Minn., Everett said. It was founded in 1982 by two men on The Ohio State University campus.

“They were from Buffalo, N.Y., and wanted some wings,” Everett said.

“We’re growing about 90 stores a year,” he added.

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