DEPEW, N.Y. (WIVB) – A surprise visit from the President gave western New York’s recently-crowned “wing king” something to brag about.
President Obama’s visit to Duff’s in Depew is already having an impact on this new business. Plates of chicken wings are flying outof the kitchen. And you wouldn’t normally see a line of peoplewaiting for a seat on a Thursday night.
Cheryl Fechter said, “We did see the President on TV this afternoon, so I suggested to my daughter that we should come hereand try this location.”
Michael Jones and his family will remember this as a special night for two reasons.
Jones said, “My little brother’s birthday and the President came here to eat the chicken wings. You know, so we up here forthat.”
No one here knew the President was coming until he actually walked through the door.
Duff’s Manager Kaitlyn Feather said, “He walks in and somebody yells, “President Obama’s here!”"
Feather called the owner right away.
Duff’s owner Kirk Feather said, “My daughter called me, “Dad!President Obama’s here!”"
The President placed an order to go at 12:57 p.m.
Waitress Mary DiGiacomo said, “I was a nervous wreck. I nevershook so bad taking an order in my life.”
He was only here for 30 minutes. Shaking hands with everybodyand even holding someone’s baby. It wasn’t a long visit, but Duff’swill now be remembered as the place a sitting U.S. President cameto for tasty chicken wings. His order?
DiGiacomo said, “Ten wings, medium, onion rings and fries.”
Before he ordered, a woman got a little flirty, saying he is, “a hottie with a little smokin’ body.”
It was just a few months ago that Duff’s beat out Anchor Bar for having the best wings in town on a new show on the Travel Channel.
Kirk Feather said, “I think, long-term, people wanna know wherethe President went in town. The news coverage has been tremendous.It’s an honor that the President would stop at our place toeat.”
President Obama did pay for his bill even though the staff insisted he didn’t have to. The manager tells News 4 she was told by his aides that he was required to do so.