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.