3rd times the charm for bad luck building

By: Rob Hughes Email
By: Rob Hughes Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) The building where the new Buffalo Wild Wings in Grand Junction is located used to be Smuggler's restaurant. Before that, it was Crispy Creme's donuts.
Both went under. Buffalo Wild Wings has renovated and added on to the building. Management tells us they're confident the business will succeed. People lined up outside Sunday morning to be one of the first 100 customers to get free wings for a year. But will that be enough to keep them coming after that?

The last few years several businesses have opened and closed along Highway 6&50. Cabelas's opened in the spring of 2010, before that it was a Mervyn's. Del Taco is scheduled to open this fall down the road from Buffalo Wild Wings. The area where the Del Taco will be located was formerly the Cottonwood Liquors location.

Noodles opened recently, it was Panchero's Mexican Grill before that.
Regardless of what happens in the future, the restaurant's newest customers are enjoying the discounts today.

"I think it's a pretty good deal, it averages out to about 3 or 4 hundred dollars a year, so it's a pretty good deal," says Ben Hartman, a Buffalo Wild Wings fan.

"Best service I think I've had in town really, the staff is all friendly, cheerful; they'll stay and talk with you for awhile, real solid, I'll definitely be coming back, even if I didn't have free wings I'd be coming back," says David Shaw, another Buffalo Wild Wings fan.

Famous Dave's wasn't the first restaurant in it's building either.
Not long ago, Borders closed and is now becoming a TJ Max.

Buffalo Wild Wings management tell us they did bring in trainers from the chain's corporate office, but they'll leave once things are running smoothly. We're also told the restaurant hired all local people.


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  • by Digusted Location: Ritterville on Aug 8, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    I don't think it is proper to blame the building. The Peoples Republic of Mesa County has many business "black holes" where no business can make it, no matter what the product or service. Seems like the cards are stacked against the business owners from the word go. Any ideas why?
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2012 at 10:55 AM
    oh yay more chains
  • by Checky Cheese Location: Clifton on Aug 7, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    Dew ewe sea in knee miss pelled words hear?
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      by pretending to be Spell Check on Aug 9, 2012 at 02:25 PM in reply to Checky Cheese
      Hey, you spelled some words wrong on here. Did you hit spell check? apparently not!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2012 at 03:09 AM
    BWW will do just fine. They are a decent restaurant. Krispy Kreme was too expensive, and Smuggler's food was nasty. That won't be the case with BWW, as long as their prices are halfway competitive.
  • by Its about time on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:33 PM
    Well now its a good place going in. Went there when the last resturant was there. I left cause I couldn't find anything good on the menu and they charged to much.
  • by bp Location: gj on Aug 6, 2012 at 07:39 PM
    That would be Krispy Kreme. It is apparent you have never eaten one.
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      by sickoftheuneducated on Aug 7, 2012 at 03:34 PM in reply to bp
      no, the last restaurant in that buidling was Smugglers. The name was appropriate because they smuggled the taste right out of the food and the money right out of your wallet
  • by Spell Check on Aug 6, 2012 at 06:37 PM
    Are these articles spell checked at all? Apparently not.
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      by Who cares anymore on Aug 6, 2012 at 10:35 PM in reply to Spell Check
      Apperntly you need to get laid. Quit wasting your time seeing if news articles are getting spell checked. Of course they are not, we live in a state that issues medical mary jane cards. No one here cares about spelling and also no one cares of the life wasters checking.
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