After months of renovation of the former Barnes & Noble building, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar in Ferndale will open on Monday in a new and larger facility in downtown Royal Oak, at Main and Fifth.
“The move from Ferndale to Royal Oak will give us much needed room to expand,” says T. Michael Ansley, president and CEO of Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc., a restaurant group that owns numerous Buffalo Wild Wings and Bagger Dave’s across the Midwest and Florida.
“We are moving into a 9,100-square-foot space that is nearly 30 percent larger than our previous restaurant. (The location is) arguably one of the busiest pedestrian intersections in the region. It offers the same cool downtown vibe as the nearby Ferndale location, but with more space.”
The restaurant will be located on the first floor of the former bookstore that closed last April. Vectorform, a digital marketing technology firm took over the second floor of the building.
Like many Buffalo Wild Wings, the Royal Oak location will feature a “stadia” seating format so customers can view sporting events and socialize, says Carol Lundberg, a spokeswoman for Diversified Restaurant Holdings.
For the first week of business, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Michigan.
At the opening on Monday, the first 100 customers will be given free wings for a year.
After its grand opening, the restaurant will offer two weekly specials on traditional and boneless wings every Tuesday and Thursday.