The previously announced Buffalo Wings & Rings is now open in the Mason-Deerfield Twp. area, where franchise owners chose a key location near Kings Island amusement park, a Harley Davidson dealership, The Beach Waterpark and other attractions that could help drive foot traffic.
The Cincinnati-based chain opened its new eatery at 5517 Kings Center Drive to customers on Nov. 11, said franchisee John Gerbus. This is the second Buffalo Wings & Rings Gerbus and franchise partner Todd Fetter have opened together and they have plans for more sites in the Cincinnati-Dayton region, he said.
The approximately 6,000-square-foot restaurant was a new construction project representing a nearly $3 million investment, Gerbus said. Employees add up to about 70 full- and part-time workers hired for the new business opening.
“We are probably one of the closest restaurants to King Island,” Gerbus said. “Kings Island was the drawing factor, Great Wolf Lodge, the tennis tournament, Kings High School is just around the corner… We want the family friendly experience.”
“It’s just a great pocket of land,” he said.
The new restaurant can seat approximately 230 people inside and another 30 diners outside, he added. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
“We like to call ourselves a restaurant with a bar in it. ….we want that club-level, MVP experience,” Gerbus said.
Meanwhile, Buffalo Wings & Rings also reached a deal this year to buy about two acres of land on Yankee Road in Liberty Twp. to build a new standalone restaurant with the latest prototype design, Philip Schram, chief development officer, said in September.
The Yankee Road location is an outlot of the Kroger-anchored shopping center near the intersection with Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Schram said.
However, construction is not due to start until 2016, with an opening planned for early 2017. The company has not yet decided if Liberty Twp. will be a corporate or franchise-owned location, Schram said at the time.
Buffalo Wings & Rings was founded in 1984 and operates about 60 restaurants in the U.S. and Middle East, including locations in Centerville, Monroe and Fairfield, according to the company’s website. The menu includes wings, burgers, gyros, wraps, salads, sandwiches and quesadillas.