Buffalo Wild Wings Going into the Old Zanaro’s Space in White Plains

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It’s official. Here’s the news from a press release:

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill, one of the top ten fastest-growing restaurant chains in the U.S., will open at City Center in White Plains in September. The fun, family-oriented, sports-theme restaurant will be located at 1 Mamaroneck Ave.

More, after the jump.


In addition to offering its namesake chicken wings with 14 signature sauces, Buffalo Wild Wings has a full menu featuring everything from salads to appetizers to burgers, and a variety of specialty items and more than 30 beers on tap. Food is served in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere where customers can hang out with friends, and watch their favorite games on one of many big-screen TVs. The 8,000-square-foot, restaurant will seat more than 250.

The Buffalo Wild Wings in White Plains will be operated by Four M Capital LLC of Valhalla. The White Plains restaurant will become the ninth Buffalo Wild Wings operated by the company in New York and Connecticut. Their other restaurants are located in Port Chester, New Roc City in New Rochelle, Palisades Center in West Nyack, Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn as well as in Stamford, Milford and New Haven, Connecticut. A Danbury restaurant is expected to open soon.

The White Plains location has been Zanaro’s Italian since in 2005.

“The Mamaroneck Avenue location at City Center provides a great opportunity to take advantage of a prime location in the heart of downtown White Plains and the heart of Westchester County,’’ said James Bitzonis, President of Four M Capital LLC. “Buffalo Wild Wings is a family-oriented restaurant where we encourage people from the community to come, have fun and watch their favorite sports teams. I think it will be a great addition to the City Center.”

Bitzonis said the company is committed to becoming part of the community and is excited to be occupying the former Home Savings Bank, an historic landmark that is part of the City Center complex. He said that the company plans an entirely new décor and design to reflect the restaurant’s theme, but would respect the building’s landmark architecture in its original form. He envisioned that the former bank vault, which now serves as a dining area, as Hall of Fame gallery featuring sports memorabilia that could be used for parties.

Louis R. Cappelli, developer of City Center, said: “Buffalo Wild Wings will add a new dimension to the mix of restaurants and entertainment establishments that have brought new life to the city’s downtown. Over the last eight years downtown White Plains has re-established itself as a center for dining, entertainment and shopping. This will be an excellent and enjoyable new venue that will draw more families into the heart of the city which is great for everyone.”

About Buffalo Wild Wings

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. is an established owner, operator and franchisor of restaurants. Buffalo Wild Wings locations are two-thirds franchised and one-third company owned. A top player in the fast-casual dining arena, Buffalo Wild Wings has received dozens of “Best Wings” and “Best Sports Bar” awards from across the country.

About City Center

Located in the heart of downtown White Plains, City Center is a 1.1 million-square-foot retail, entertainment and residential complex. Among the tenants are: Target; a 15-screen National Amusements Cinema; Barnes and Noble; Office Max; the Performing Arts Theater; Legal Sea Foods; Zanaro’s Italian Restaurant; Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar; Fleet Bank; Atlanta Bread Company; Greenpoint Bank and Cold Stone Creamery and coming soon a 75,000 square-foot Shop Rite. In addition to the retail stores and entertainment venues, City Center also features a significant residential component including Trump Tower at City Center, One City Place and The Lofts at City Center.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

3 Comments

  1. Just what white plains doesn’t need another place for kids to congregate. As it is now you have to fight your through a cried of kids on that block.
    How about some adult restaurants.

  2. Kas, BWW *is* an adult restaurant. I’ve been to their places in Port Chester and New Rochelle and it’s mainly families or just adults. It’s a sports bar but with great wings. And it’s not like there aren’t adult restaurants in the area, and obviously Zanaros did not survive and it was strictly adult. Maybe it’s not high end but there are enough of those in the area.

    Too bad about Zanaros, I did not realize they had closed. And also interesting that the Applebee’s franchisee (who owned Zanaros) apparently gave up on the location (so it’s not like they have anyone to blame but themselves). Zanaros had survived for years as a mediocre place and finally got good a few years ago when they got a new chef (Joe D’s son, as I recall), but I guess when he left they went back to their old ways and could not survive.

    The place in WP (whose name I forget) that allegedly has great wings (I say allegedly because when I ate there I found them small and unimpressive) should be worried about BWW coming in.

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