Buffalo Wild Wings profits fall 11% as chicken costs spike

  • Article by: Mike Hughlett , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 30, 2013 - 5:42 AM

The sports-themed chain says it is switching to a new portion system that is based on weight, not the number of wings.

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birchscottApr. 29, 13 7:45 PM

Relief is a hand?

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StarquestApr. 29, 13 7:46 PM

BW-3 used to be a unique restaurant concept. You ordered your food at the counter and someone brought it to you. There was very little wait and no tip involved. The food was really good. Well, they changed to full table service, which does not set them apart, and the food quality took a major dive. Beer prices are the highest in town (and that's saying something in Minnesota). I'm not paying $6.50 for a Bud Light.

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squarnApr. 29, 13 8:38 PM

I regularly order 3 large tap Miller Lites during happy hour, for a total of $9.88 with tax. I don't find that unreasonable.

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tornadoApr. 29, 13 8:40 PM

Under sized, over priced, and run of the mill. Many better choices in taste, size, and value for wings out there.

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mnpikeyApr. 29, 13 8:42 PM

Horrible beer selection, they are dead to me now until I hear they sell MN craft beers.

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marketerApr. 29, 13 8:50 PM

Never did understand this place. They seem to be the darlings of the Strib financial page, so they have must an in there, but the food is mediocre at best and the beer list is unimaginative (plus pricey).

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justdriveApr. 29, 13 9:15 PM

How many bad commercials does it take to drive one away?

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squarnApr. 29, 13 9:39 PM

mnpikey: I know they offer Surly at the BW3 in Plymouth. (I actually think their beer selection is pretty large.)

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MN's loneliest REPApr. 30, 13 3:29 AM

Sally, are you trying to sell us on the fact that chicken wings have "suddenly" gotten bigger....sorry, not buying that rationale. Chicken wings have increased in size, as a result of chickens being grown to heavier weights. But this is NOT a new phenomenon. BW's business model is simple, take a cheap product (chicken) that has for years been over produced, mark it way up and reap profits. A drought hits, the feed for chicken sky-rockets...and pretty soon chicken isn't cheap anymore....and BW's model implodes. Pray for rain this summer and BW's profits will return.

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leej166Apr. 30, 1310:40 AM

This place is awful. Food is worse than mediocre, and who wants to drink Domestic Swill Lite at any price? Anoka county must be the only reason this place survives.

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