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Ballston Buffalo Wild Wings Opening Next Week

by Katie Pyzyk July 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm 11,752 104 Comments

Buffalo Wild Wings is preparing to open its newest location (950 N. Glebe Road) in Ballston next week.

Passers-by may notice a lot of activity at the site right now, because new employees are going through training this week. But the sports themed restaurant won’t open to the public until Monday, July 16, after a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Regional manager Don Rizzie said based in part on the success of the Buffalo Wild Wings in Crystal City, the decision was made to expand in Arlington.

“It’s a great area, it’s bustling,” said Rizzie. “Northern Virginia is the place to be right now.”

Rizzie said the Ballston location is expected to be a top five store within the company. The Crystal City location, which has been open for about a year and a half, came in third in sales last year for all Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants across the country. It’s anticipated that the one in Ballston will perform as well, if not better.

“You’re not going to be able to beat the lunches we do around here,” said Rizzie.

Although the Ballston area is quickly accruing sports bar style restaurants, such as the recently opened Greene Turtle, Rizzie doesn’t think competition will be a problem. He said there are things that set Buffalo Wild Wings apart from the competition, specifically the high energy employees who put an emphasis on customer service.

“What really makes Buffalo Wild Wings is our people. That’s why we’re so selective about hiring,” Rizzie said. “Anybody can have signature sauces and put up TVs and show all the sporting events, but what we have is the energy.”

The restaurant has outdoor seating for 75 people. There will be some TVs inside the establishment that face out toward the patio for those who want to keep up with the games while getting some fresh air.

Rizzie points out that even though the chain is known for its wings, there is a full menu available for anyone who wants something a little different. There will be a variety of lunch specials on weekdays.

As part of the opening festivities, next week the restaurant will be raffling off a year of free wings every hour, along with other freebies.

“Come out and see us next week,” said Rizzie. “It’s going to be a party!”

  • Clarendon

    Rizzie:
    What really makes Buffalo Wild Wings is our people. That’s why we’re so selective about hiring. Anybody can have signature sauces and put up TVs and show all the sporting events, but what we have is the energy.

    Stan:
    People can get a cheeseburger anywhere, ok? They come to Chotchkie’s for the atmosphere and the attitude. That’s what the flair’s about. It’s about fun.

    • Got_Flair

      You want to express yourself don’t you?

      • Arlingtonian

        Look at Brian … he has 37 pieces of flair on today … and a great attitude.

    • Al Gore

      They clearly didn’t use this logic when staffing the Crystal City location. The service is turrible…

      • Pan Gringe

        Agree x1000

      • Ryan

        I agree. I had probably the worst service in my life the one time I went to the Crystal City location. I’m normally not the type to complain, but we had to grab a manager three different times that evening. We were completely forgotten about twice (they forgot to tell us our table was ready and forgot to assign a waiter to our table) and they weren’t even close to getting the order right.

        • JP

          What about the food? BWW has the worst wings I’ve ever had in my life, and the rest of the food is pre-made and microwaved.

          • Ryan

            To be honest I don’t remember the food. The whole experience was so frustrating that it overshadowed everything else. But it couldn’t have been that great.

      • herpderp

        +1

      • Your Mom

        Agree. The staff is turrible.

    • Donna

      I really don’t like talking about my flair.

    • Arlingtonian

      Brian has 37 pieces of flair on today … and a great attitude.

      • Just Me

        I have my red stapler.

  • Craig Claiborne

    “You’re not going to be able to beat the lunches we do around here,” said Rizzie.

    “What really makes Buffalo Wild Wings is our people. That’s why we’re so selective about hiring,” Rizzie said. “Anybody can have signature sauces and put up TVs and show all the sporting events, but what we have is the energy.”

    “Come out and see us next week,” said Rizzie. “It’s going to be a party!”

    ARLNow deserves a year of free wings too.

  • Westover

    woooooohoooooo!

  • rossl

    excited about bww in ballston, but some of their employees in crystal city are definitely not high energy and definitely do not put customer service first.

  • jonny rickets

    the one in fairfax got a citation for the presence of urine in their “signature sauce.” when i was at the one in crystal city, i saw puke ALL OVER the men’s room (i’m talking walls, urinals, toilets, etc.) not to mention some sketchy activity that seemed more befitting of a bus station. eat at your own risk!

    • mark

      Link to citation?

    • Sheriff Gonna Getcha

      where is the one in fairfax

    • Rick

      You’re probably thinking of Buffalo Wing University, which is about a half-step above the double deuce.

    • Id

      urine is the secret ingredient. It’s what gives it the “tang.”

    • drax

      There’s no test for urine. You made that up.

      • nom de guerre

        You have never heard of a urine test?

  • Rob

    I hope the service is better than the one in Crystal City. That place has been terrible since Day 1.

    • BallstontoRosslyn

      yeah they have horrible service! but the food, ugh, addictive. don’t sit with JORGE in the Crystal City one, or be prepared to wait forever for a straw.

      • DarkHeart

        Yes. Horrible service, but the food is good.

  • Hemingway

    I just got into grad school at GW and its not even 20 steps away from BWW! I see a lot of grad school bonding time this fall! Who’s with me!!!!!

    • haha

      sure thing fatty

      • Hemingway

        community college sucks right 🙂

      • Sheriff Gonna Getcha

        yes – please use all of your student loan money to support to service economy. then you can occupy the BWW patio until Obama forgives your loans

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Woo-hoo another additional to Arlington’s phenomenal diversity and world class development

  • Becoming indifferent

    Chicken wings? More like quail wings–they’re so small!

    • nom de guerre

      Locally sourced, Ballston squab wings. Tastes just like chicken.

    • Dr_Klahn

      Frog legs from the Ballston Beaver Pond. Wednesdays are “you catch ’em we cook ’em”.

      • curious george

        I thought the Beaver Pond was in Clarendon?

  • Brian

    At least there will be a better sports bar than Green Turtle. That place is a true joke .. food awful, service even worse. And Yelp reviews confirm my experience was not a one-off.

    • Westover

      It looks like they are going to have to bring in management from one of the other locations to get the place sorted out.

    • Cornholer

      I like it.

    • Rick

      They had a really great atmosphere during the NHL playoffs and finally got a nice promo for the parking. The cornhole tables won’t hurt the atmosphere, but that food is absolutely abysmal.

  • Crystal Dykey

    The one in Crystal City ain’t all that. I don’t see how this one will be much of an improvement.

    • Westover

      Well, to begin with, anything in North Arlington is better than what they have in South Arlington. 😉

      Second, Ballston has a life after 6pm and on the weekends, Crystal City does not.

      • Dr_Klahn

        You’ve obviously never been to one of the after hours ragers at the Legal Seafoods bar.

  • BallstontoRosslyn

    I’m there…all week! Having to drive to MD for some delicious wings was torture…Getting one in Crystal City was awesome, but now BALLSTON. So close. drooooooollllll……

  • ResponsibleDemocrat

    More garbage.

    It’s ironic that Arlington’s leadership loathes stores like Walmart, while at the macro level, Arlington itself is turning into a giant big box analog for restaurants.

    • IrresponsibleRepublican

      For once we agree.

  • nom de guerre

    So will this location be known a BBWW? Sounds like something you might find on craigslist.

    • CW

      There will definitely be some BBBWWWs waddling out of there…

    • WeiQiang

      /\ this /\

  • Taxpayer

    I’ll remember not to eat here everytime I run by it on the way to the Bluemont, WO&D and Custis Trail for my 10Km run.

    I’m sure they will have a steady stream of Clientele from the nearby Holiday Inn.

    • JB

      Uh, yeah, just that plus the new VA Tech and GW buildings plus the offices across the street and at the corner of the block – if you fail here you’re not even trying.

    • Sheriff Gonna Getcha

      wow you can run 10Km??

      And- wow are you from Europe b/c you talk about distances in metric units??

      I am so impressed by you. I bet you are a top dog at Pacers.

      • +1

      • Rich

        🙂

      • drax

        Nice.

      • Taxpayer

        Actually I did grow up in Europe as a child and I prefer metric units since that how they taught it in my advance engineering degrees. Sorry that bothers you, really. They are much more simple. When is the last time you heard an auto engine’s volume described in gallons?

        I guess the point I was trying to make is that you can choose to live healthy or eat food from this place and sit on your but all day.

        There are those who watch sports on TV and those who live it. What are you?

        • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

          cant I live healthy but occasionally walk 50 meteres** to have some wings, drink a couple beers and watch a game? Then the next day I can go “live” it?

          There is healthy and balanced, and then there appears, to be you. See you at pacers man!!

  • Openly Gator

    “What really makes Buffalo Wild Wings is our people.”

    Wait, so is this like soylent green?

    • TJ

      Haha

  • Trolly Troll

    Cant wait to sit outside to the ambiance of traffic turning onto 66. Be sure to save that last wing for the pan handler.

  • Wing Snob

    BWW place is terrible. Green Turtle is even worse and really should be shut down. First Down is the best sports bar in Ballston, maybe all of ARL. Their wings are great… other food not so much. And happy hour deals are unreal.

    • Wing Snobberness

      I wholeheartedly disagree. First Down is terrible, the service there is a joke. Maybe you are friends with someone who works there and you get attentive service. My experience on two occasions there was servers that paid no attention to my table and they were actually rude to us. The food leaves a lot to be desired too, it’s not good at all. The only reason it has any redeeming quality is because it truly is a dive bar which is lacking in this area.

      • CW2

        I disagree. I think the wings at First Down are great, and in general I’ve had decent service. I’ll admit their is room for improvement with the waitstaff, but I think the happy hour deals and overall atmosphere make up for it. I’m with Wing Snob; First Down is the best sports bar in Ballston, and probably all of Arlington.

        • rolleyes

          Arguing about which is the best sports bar is like arguing who is the best tiddlywinks player.

  • Wing Snob or 1st Down Owner?

    The wings at First Down are passable but far from great. I’d take the wings at Hard Times or Rocklands over those if I had a choice.

  • Meh

    Assuming this isn’t a plant, I’d call the wings at First Down passable, but far from great. If I had no other choices I’d choose the wings at Hard Times or Rocklands over those.

    • Richard Emerson

      Hard Times and Rocklands are good choices, but for my money, the honey pepper wings at Rhodeside are the best in Arlington.

  • Rachel

    This is a tragedy. It’s all a frwaking joke. This is not, what people want or need.

    • Rick

      It’s a tragedy you won’t be eating fried chicken doused in hot sauce with me, but to each their own.

    • arglebargle

      I want it, no joke, no tragedy.

      I probably don’t need it, but I do want it.

  • tender_bro_sports

    the attitude of Rizzie makes me believe that there is a hell and we are all going to burn in it

  • Just Me

    I will give it a try but if I don’t like it I won’t go back. Living in Ballston is great, Clarendon is close enough and there are places in Ballston that are good.

  • jaynon

    CC location is the WORST b-dubs I’ve ever been to….I’m a huge bww fan and i even boycotted the CC location. I was excited to see the ballston location since they will likely get better employees. CC is a dump that employs dregs from DC…ballston will be employed by VA people including college kids.

  • Tre_Vick

    The wings are a JOKE at this place..they are tiny!!

    Also if this a coorporate owned location good luck on ever seeing a Happy Hour Special.

    • mike

      Well, they have happy hour specials every night at the Crystal City location (hey, they can’t screw up beer too much), so you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.

      Also, the corn dog bites are great. I’m sure Mr. I Run a 10K and Was Educated In Europe will read this with disgust.

  • Edmond_Hartt

    The wings at BWW are horrid. I would much rather go to a Main Street America mom & pop pub and get some real good wings without a plastic corporate smile.

  • NW

    “He said there are things that set Buffalo Wild Wings apart from the competition, specifically the high energy employees who put an emphasis on customer service.”

    What? The service at Crystal City is a joke. I put up with it because I liked the wings, but the staff is horrendous.

    I hope the Ballston location will step it up.

  • Traffic Jammin

    Hasn’t anyone considered that this manager is specifically trying to co-opt the existing opinion of the CC location’s bad service, i.e., come to Ballston instead of CC because we will have good service? I mean, he’s just BS’ing…who knows what the service will be like…but I think that’s his intention.

    • Tre_Vick

      Happy Hour special $6 Bud Light Tall Boy

      • gross. yes, beverage prices at BWW & Green Turt are corporate and too high. no happy hour. limited selection.

        • Freddie

          Umm, GT has great happy hour beer specials.

          • WeiQiang

            Don’t you have Crazy Hour from 4 – 8 ???

          • sammy

            GT has HORRIBLE specials. They actually penalize people who joined their mug club. If you go during a happy hour special, you pay full price if you have a mug and less if you don’t have one. I was blown away. I spent money for the mug, went to happy hour, was told what the happy hour price was ,then told the waitress I had a Mug. She came back with a full price beer in my mug “because it is bigger”. From then on I ordered non-mug club beers and poured them in my mug myself. How does this make sense? Oh yeah, and the happy hour price was expensive for the crappy lite beer. I assumed (my fault) that it would be like the other GT where having a mug there gets you a buck or 2 off the price of beers in it. First down definitely destroys them on happy hour prices. They need to get their act together at GT.

          • Freddie

            Dunno if you’ve been there recently, but as of last week you could get $2 regular size drafts and $3 tall drafts until 9 PM weeknights at GT, for domestics. That matches or beats most happy hours in Ballston.

            But yeah once I heard about the mug idea I realized it was cheaper just to get the draft specials. I think the only time the mug would be worth it is outside of HH. It’s supposedly 18 oz at the small draft prices.

          • sammy

            Nope. Haven’t been there recently. That is good to hear, a much better deal as long as that includes good beer and not just lite domestics. If not first down has some midlevel domestics for ~$2.50 a pint, and good imports for ~$3.50.

            They should still be doing something to give a better deal to the mug holders i.e.: fill the mug up for the $2 price.

    • Aaron

      “Hasn’t anyone considered that this manager is specifically trying to co-opt the existing opinion of the CC location’s bad service, i.e., come to Ballston instead of CC because we will have good service? I mean, he’s just BS’ing…who knows what the service will be like…but I think that’s his intention.”

      If the “regional” manager’s intention is for the new location to cannibalize sales from the existing location, then that’s not very bright and probably wasn’t intentional (unless North and South Arlington are in different regions, but that seems unlikely).

      That brainpower could be invested in fixing the known problems at the current location, but that’s a lot less fun than opening a new restaurant. Good management in this area might be even harder to find than good service.

  • I think the chickens were happier when they were not being served up, with or without the hot sauce, however the service, the music, or the parking.

    • ExChickenInspector

      I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Try visiting an industrial chicken production site and see if you think the chickens are happy.

      • Tabs

        A cab driver once told me that he worked in a chicken plant and became a vegetarian.

  • Tom M

    Good thing another large, generic sports bar is coming to Ballston, I was really running out of hangout options for me and my Fairfax bros.

    • Boom! Roasted

      I’m sure the incredibly diverse Arlington crowd (lol) won’t be caught dead in one. They’ll probably be too busy eating burgers…or frozen yogurt…or pizza…

  • Erik P.

    umm..why is there a Pirates jersey?? Please don’t let this become another Pittsburgh or Philly hangout.

    As an aside, why is it that 90% of people who post just bash this? I’m looking forward to it; provides another option. Just state your disapproval by not going, rather than trying to sound all high and mighty.

    • Sherriff Gonna Getcha

      yeah all we need is another place for those Pirates fans to hang out, they are everywhere.

      almost as bad as the UVA fans.

      oh wait….

  • karzai

    For my part, I’m eagerly awaiting Red Parrot to open further down Glebe from BWW. We need more Asian fusion places, and hopefully it will be as good as Spices in Cleveland Park and even Cafe Asia in Rosslyn.

    • Richard Cranium

      So, I guess the preferred motif for that part of town is now “[Color] [Animal]”?

      A contest to come up with new combinations would be fun.

      • nom de guerre

        Brown Starfish

        • Richard Cranium

          I was thinking “Pink Beaver” but then I realized that would probably be too offensive to post. So I decided against it.

        • nom de guerre

          Likewise, I was thinking about Pink Bearded Clam but settled on Brown Starfish instead. I prefer the seafood motif due to the lack of PROPER seafood establishments in the area.

  • Drunk IrishChick

    I hope the Door guys are as hot as the ones at OSullivans

    • Grindr

      Hot door guys are 3592 feet away.

  • Observer

    I guess this store’s management didn’t get the memo about the company logo change until after they put up the sign over the front door. Off to a great start.

  • Everyone relax…

    It’s just a bar, not the end of the world. Take a deep breath…

    If you don’t like their food, don’t go.

    If you don’t like the building, don’t go.

    If you don’t like chain restaurants in general don’t go.

    If you don’t like a close place to grab a beer, don’t go.

    If you at one point years ago had a bad experience at another BWW and are still for some reason holding a grudge, don’t go.

    But most importantly – don’t forget to go online and post why you hate this so much!

    This place will be better off without your negativity and nonstop biatching

    • JohnB2

      Welcome to the internet, bro.

      It could be an article about rainbows, butterflies, AND puppies and people would still find something to complain about.

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