Niagara Gazette

August 5, 2013

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

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

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 Registration is required. The class is $30, but is free for all veterans.



• Compu-Mail, the direct marketing and printing company on Grand Island, was recognized at the 2013 Premier Print Award for outstanding achievement in the production of digital printing.

Company officials say the Premier Print Awards is the graphic arts industry’s largest and most prestigious worldwide printing competition and recognizes those responsible for the creation and production of outstanding print communications. After examining thousands of entries from printing and graphic arts firms around the world, the judges honored Compu-Mail’s technical excellence in digital printing.

Jeff Paterson of Niagara Falls recently won two gold awards and a platinum “best of show” in the Public Relations Society of America Buffalo Niagara Chapter Excalibur Awards program. Paterson is executive director of Community Music School of Buffalo.

Paterson won a gold award in the interactive communications category, and best of show in the project division, for the redesign of Community Music School’s website. He also won a gold award in the special events and observances category for the music school’s 88 Keys fundraising event, held in October 2012. He has won 57 Excalibur Awards since 1998.



• A newly renovated Summit Pediatrics was recently re-dedicated to the memory of Dr. Lester Schiff, during an open house celebration at the 6937 Williams Road facility.

Schiff was the founding father of Niagara Pediatrics which evolved into Summit Pediatrics and included Dr. Maria Crea and Dr. Roger Kushner, The present doctors in the group are Dr. Tej Kaul, Dr. Robert Gadawski, Dr. Ayman Farghaly, Dr. Jerome Ulatowski, Dr. Mary Jo McDonell and Dr. Robertus Salis. Summit Pediatrics also has offices at 5320 Military Road in Lewiston and at 909 Pine Ave.


• Owners of the Wilson Lakeside Market at 337 Lake St. in Wilson, have completed a full store remodeling. Colleen and Jim Bowman, who have owned the store for 7 years, held a grand opening the month of July to celebrate the changes including: an additional 700 items, enlarged sections for produce, frozen foods, deli and bakery, as well as new flooring and shelving.

The Bowmans say the store will continue its community service projects, which to date have raised $20,000 for Thomas Marks Elementary School through its Tape Rebate Program. The store has also assisted assorted organizations including the Wilson All Sports Boosters, the Wilson Wall of Fame, the Wilson Volunteer Fire Co., the Lions Club, the Historical Society and many other local causes.



Women’s Medicine of Niagara recently held a grand opening for their new location at 5927 Military Road. The group includes: Renee Taefi Baughman, MD, Dr. Donna Loghmanee Feldman, MD; Dr. Patrice Paolucci, DO; Kristen Kloosterman, WHNP and Laura DeBacco, RPA.