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, Ohio. 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.
A former employee filed a federal lawsuit in May 2019 stating that the company promoted a racially hostile work environment and that managers allowed employees to discriminate and refuse service to blacks and others if they felt they wouldn’t receive good tips.
As of February 2018, the company became a subsidiary of Arby’s, Inc.
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, Minnesota but was previously located in Cincinnati, Ohio.