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Buffalo Wild Wings eyes Martinsburg location

November 10, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - An increasingly popular grill and bar franchise expected to open off Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg will not have video lottery machines for customers to play, the owner told the city council Thursday evening.

"We have stores in Las Vegas and they don't have machines out there," said Bob Ganse, who owns Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar locations in Harrisonburg, Va., and Winchester, Va., where he lives.

Ganse explained to Councilwoman Shari Persad that the gaming machines were not allowed in the franchises nationwide.

The Martinsburg location is expected to open in the former County Market grocery store at 796 Foxcroft Ave., near North Mall Plaza.

Ganse told Councilman Donald Anderson he had few problems at the other locations that required law enforcement intervention, but did note that underage college students in Harrisonburg had attempted to get served alcohol there. He also noted an incident in Winchester involving a former high school football star who ripped off part of a toilet.

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The hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., said Ganse, who added that his wife, their daughter and her husband all invested in the franchises. Council members appeared to be satisfied with Ganse's presentation and made no comment regarding the alcohol application to the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.

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