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August 5, 2013

IN BUSINESS: Duff's opening in Niagara Falls attracts chicken wing fans

Niagara Gazette — Anybody who’s sat at the stoplights on Niagara Falls Boulevard and Military Road over the past few months has likely noticed the sign.

Apparently a lot of drivers were thinking about the wings that won the attention of President Barak Obama when he was traveling to these parts in 2010. And now Niagara Falls residents and all their millions of global visitors can do the same.

The new owners of Duff’s Famous Wings report that business has been surprisingly brisk since the restaurant opened in late July.

Brandan Leutze, the kitchen manager lured from the original Duff’s location in Amherst, says the kitchen cooked about 60,000 wings in its debut week.

The new Duff’s is the ninth location for the chain that began in 1946 on Sheridan Drive and Millersport Road in Amherst. Duff’s now has locations in Amherst, Cheektowaga and Toronto. The Falls Duff’s is the third franchise store in the group, including one at Eastern Hills Mall and the other outside of Dallas.

The owners of the new franchise are all related, from a large, local Lebanese family. They include Sam Mansour, Charbel Natanios, Maged Natanios, and Jean Maalouf.

The group are long-time Duff’s fans, and ardent about the wings, but they say that they also have the best beef on weck. “People are stunned by it,” said Mansour, who also owns a supermarket at 13th St. and Pierce.

The store employes about 50 people from the Niagara Falls area.

In other Niagara region business news:

 

Seminar coming Aug. 14

A business start up planning workshop, for those in business or interested in learning how to start a business, will be held from 8:30 a. m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the North Tonawanda Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda.

The workshop is sponsored by the SBA, SCORE and the North Tonawanda Library. Participants will learn about business planning, marketing, market research, legal structures, insurance, taxes and more. For reservations log on to www.buffaloniagara.score.org. Registration is required. The class is $30, but is free for all veterans.

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