Anchor Bar celebrates chicken wing’s 50th birthday

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Happy 50th birthday, Buffalo-style chicken wings.

The milestone is being celebrated Thursday at the Anchor Bar, the Buffalo tavern that’s credited with inventing the dish on a March night a half century ago.

According to Anchor Bar lore, the restaurant’s owner, Teressa Bellissimo, whipped up a snack at the request of her bartender son, Dominic, after a group of his friends got hungry while having late-night drinks.

She cut up some large chicken wings to make them easier to eat by hand, deep friend them and served the snack covered in hot sauce with blue cheese dressing and celery on the side. The rest is foodie history.

Image provided by Anchor Bar

Today, Buffalo-style wings are a bar favorite nationwide.

The Anchor Bar’s current owner is throwing a birthday bash at the tavern Thursday afternoon.

Mark Dempsey and Michelle Buchholz, from the Anchor Bar, visited News 4’s Wake Up Thursday morning.  Dempsey referenced a statistic from the National Chicken Wing Council, saying there are 23 billion chicken wings consumed each year. Dempsey says the billion dollar industry is growing.

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