Buffalo Wild Wings (or BW3 for short) was founded in 1982 after friends James Disbrow and Scott Lowery were unable to find a good place to eat chicken wings in Kent, OH. They decided to open their own restaurant and Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck opened in Columbus, Ohio. A year later, they opened a second location in the Columbus suburb of Westerville.
The company began to offer franchises and the company took off. The name of the company was eventually shortened to just Buffalo Wild Wings but the nickname BW3 or B-Dubs has stuck.
In 2010, the company expanded operations into Canada.
There are currently over 800 locations (more than half are franchises) in 45 US states and Canada. Buffalo Wild Wings corporate office is now located in Minneapolis, MN but was previously located in Cincinnati, OH.