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West Fargo's Buffalo Wings and Rings closes after three-year run

The owners of the casual dining sports bar and restaurant announced the closure through the online social media site Facebook and with notes on their front doors Tuesday, June 14.

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The Buffalo Wings and Rings casual dining restaurant and sports bar sits empty Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The West Fargo restaurant's owners announced the closure of the eatery Tuesday, June 14.
Helmut Schmidt / The Forum
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WEST FARGO — The Buffalo Wings and Rings sports bar and restaurant in West Fargo has closed.

The franchise eatery at 695 32nd Ave. E. was run by the husband and wife team of Al and Mary Hauck. The Hauck family announced the restaurant’s closing and thanked West Fargo residents Tuesday, June 14, both online using a Facebook social media post and with notes posted on the eatery's front doors.

“Unfortunately, we have made the difficult decision to close this Wings and Rings location,” the Facebook post said. “This was a very difficult decision, and we will miss being a part of such a great community.

“We would like to thank the team and community for their support over the past few years,” the post said. “We welcome the opportunity to serve you in our Bismarck and Minot locations.”

The 244-seat restaurant and bar opened in July 2019 and appeared to do well from the start, appealing to sports fans with its 46 big-screen televisions.

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It was the third Buffalo Wings & Rings for the Haucks. The restaurant prided itself on its fresh wings, burgers, onion rings, fish, sandwiches, quesadillas and salads, with an atmosphere that kept the whole family in mind.

Al Hauck told The Forum in 2019 that the couple had taken the leap into the restaurant business a dozen years before, after he had been in the automobile business for 25 years.

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The West Fargo Buffalo Wings and Rings restaurant and spots bar sits empty Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The eatery's owners announced its closure Tuesday, June 14, after a three-year run.
Helmut Schmidt / The Forum

Not long after the announcement of the restaurant's closure, several patrons messaged the Buffalo Wings and Rings Facebook page asking about options for redeeming unused gift cards or vouchers purchased from television station KVLY.

Buffalo Wings and Rings said cards and vouchers will be honored at the Bismarck and Minot locations.

Patrons are urged to contact KVLY to exchange or refund vouchers if travel was not an option. Those preferring a refund of gift cards are asked to send an email to contact@buffalo-wing.com.

The Cincinnati-based privately held franchise company was founded in 1984.

The casual dining concept has outlets in the U.S. and internationally.

Buffalo Wings and Rings lists five core markets in the U.S. (Texas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky) and seven secondary markets (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Illinois, North Carolina and Georgia).

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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