SOUTHFIELD — The owner, operator, and franchisor of the full-service, casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave’s Legendary Burgers Tavern and the largest franchisee for Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today it has signed a long-term lease for a new Bagger Dave’s in Downtown Detroit, which is scheduled to open next year.
“We are always looking for opportunities to expand our brand and introduce our great-tasting food and unique guest experience to new markets,” said T. Michael Ansley, president and CEO. “There has been so much energy and positivity recently surrounding the revitalization and rebuilding of Downtown Detroit, and moving forward with this site demonstrates our continued commitment to the community and our belief in the city’s revitalization efforts. Importantly, the restaurant is going to be in an incredible location, with close proximity to Ford Field, Comerica Park and Joe Louis Arena.”
According to a recent New York Times article, in the last 10 years Downtown Detroit has experienced a 59 percent increase in the number of college-educated residents under the age of 35, creating a culture of trendy bars and restaurants. Also driving the revitalization efforts is Detroit’s “15 by 15” initiative, a program focused on getting 15,000 young talented households to Downtown by 2015. The new Bagger Dave’s site will be located adjacent to Downtown Detroit BWW, which is currently under construction and will be one of the largest Buffalo Wild Wing’s in the nation when it opens in December of this year.