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Buffalo Wild Wings Planning Restaurant On North Atherton

It’s been a roller coaster 2016 for the State College chicken wing situation. But fear not, fans of spicy, fried, flavored chicken dipped in bleu cheese dressing: Buffalo Wild Wings has heard your pleas and is coming to Happy Valley.

The Centre Daily Times first reported that the popular sports bar and restaurant submitted plans to open a location in Ferguson Township, specifically at the intersection of North Atherton and Blue Course Drive.

“Staff emailed the planning commission a copy of the first submission of the proposed commercial development at the corner of North Atherton and Blue Course Drive,” the document said. “The plan was sent out for review by the appointed township engineers, CRPA, traffic engineer, regional fire director, and county planning office. In-house reviews are also currently being conducted. The planning director, zoning officer, community planner and arborist are all reviewing the plan as well. Once all comments are submitted to the township, staff will then compile the comments and send them back to the engineer.”

Buffalo Wild Wings describes itself as “your favorite local hangout offering hand-spun wings, cold beer, and wall-to-wall sports.” The franchise has been around since 1982 and boasts hundreds of restaurants in the United States and Canada. Penn Staters have been hankering for a Buffalo Wild Wings for years, which is compounded by the fact that the closest one is 60 miles away in Mechanicsburg.

The intersection where the restaurants plans to open currently houses a Shell gas station, Nittany Bank, Bi-Lo Supply, and a corporate building. There’s no word where exactly ground will be broken to house the new eatery, but the franchise has had its eyes on the plot in front of Giant for a while. According to the CDT, the director of planning and zoning for Ferguson Township has been working with Buffalo Wild Wings since last year, as they have been interested in opening a storefront in Happy Valley.

With Champs recently opening a location downtown in addition to its North Atherton restaurant and Primanti Bros. soon celebrating its one year anniversary in State College, the sports bar scene around Penn State seems to be ever-growing.

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Lexi Shimkonis

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