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The Anchor Bar, The Home of the Original Chicken Wing, announces that two new franchises are joining the Anchor Bar family in Toronto, Ont., and Richmond, Va.
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(Franchise Clique)
Updated: Oct 18, 2016
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Company entering Toronto and Richmond markets

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Oct. 18, 2016 — The Anchor Bar, “The Home of the Original Chicken Wing,” announces that two new franchises are joining the Anchor Bar family in Toronto, Ont., and Richmond, Va.

Burlington, Ont.Anchor Bar Franchisee Owner David Copperthwaiteopened his second Anchor Bar location at 636 Dixon Road in Toronto on Sept.29. The interior of this new location has more the 300seats and numerous 65-inch TVs to watch a variety of sporting events.The patio of the Dixon Roadlocation will replicate the Burlington location, including its beautiful outdoor patio.  A brand new stone fireplace, a fountain wall and comfortable seating will also help customers relax after a long work week, and enjoy a drink and some chicken wings with friends and family.This is the Anchor Bar’s third Ontario franchise and will feature a full slate of Anchor Bar menu items, including wings, pizza, burgers, salads, etc.

“It has been such a pleasure being a part of the Anchor Bar family over thepast several years,” Copperthwaitesaid. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with the brand and extend Anchor Bar’s reach across the Southern Ontario market.”

The Anchor Bar’s newest franchiseinRichmond will be the first Anchor Bar location in the Southeast. The restaurant is slated to open its doors this coming winter. Franchisee Owner David Allred, a Richmond native, has signed a long-termlease agreement at the Stony Point Fashion Park, at 9200 Stony Point Parkwayin south Richmond.

“I’ve beenwanting to open a restaurant for some time,so when I heard about an opportunity with Anchor Bar,I jumped at the chance,” said Allred. “There just isn’t anything else like it in Richmond,and I think the people here will enjoy the unique flavors you can only find at the Home of the Original Chicken Wing.”

Construction ofthe 8,500-square-foot facility, located at Stoney Point’s former Champps Americana location, is currently underway. The new franchise will feature a sports bar and family dining area where guests will find all of the Anchor Bar staples,including wings and boneless bites, as well as house-made lasagna, pizza and hot sandwiches.

“These twonew locationsare anotherexciting expansion for our brand,which continues to grow across North America,”said Vice President Mark Dempseyof the Anchor Bar Franchise & Development Company. “We’ve added a total of three new locations this year,starting with Amherst, N.Y.  To us,it’s a sign that people are hungry for Buffalo’s Original Chicken Wings—and we’re happy to serve them up!”

The Original Anchor Bar, located on Main Street in downtown Buffalo, first opened its doors in 1935 and invented the chicken wing in 1964.  The Anchor Bar Franchise & Development Company opened its first franchise location in 2009 at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport.  Today, the company has grown to ninefranchise locations,includingthreein Ontario, Canada(Burlington, Hamiltonand Toronto),one at Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien, N.Y., one inWilliamsville, N.Y., one in Amherst, N.Y.,and its soon-to-be location in Richmond, Va.

For more information on franchising with Anchor Bar,visit

About Anchor Bar

Owners Frank and Teressa Bellissimo first opened the doors to Anchor Bar in 1935, offering a menu that specialized in Italian cuisine. When Anchor Barinvented the chicken wing in 1964, the restaurant became a local treasure and foodie hot-spot.

Today, Anchor Bar serves up more than 70,000 pounds of chicken per month, and its bottled wing sauce now retails in over 5,000 supermarkets worldwide.Consumers can even purchase Anchor Bar’s famous wings online and have them shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.

For more information about Anchor Bar, visit

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