Shooting ends chicken wing gravy train at Buffalo Wild Wings

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Buffalo Wild Wings has plucked the feathers off its weekly cheap wings promotion after hordes of rowdy students descended on the sports bar, resulting in two separate shooting incidents on Tuesday night.

The three teens caught in the crossfire were not seriously injured, but that did not stop some local leaders from calling for a crackdown on the spicy appetizer emporium inside the Atlantic Terminal Mall.

Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene) pointed the finger at the management of the sports bar for recklessly promoting its 50-cent “Wing Tuesdays” to students.

“I want this Tuesday restaurant promotion stopped, or the lease of this business revoked,” James said.

Within hours, the wingery responded by announcing the indefinite suspension of the promotion, which was long popular with students and even the ever-economical sluggers from the Brooklyn Cyclones.

As such, the joint was packed on Tuesday evening with students — many from outside Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, police said — swarmed the mall.

Most of the students did not actually make it into the packed restaurant, and instead congregated at the mall, where things quickly became out of hand. The restaurant closed its doors early, and the cops were called to restore order.

Outside the mall, gunfire erupted, though details are sketchy. One shooting was at Hanson Place and Flatbush Avenue, and the other was near the bow-tie intersection of Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue.

“Although there was a huge police presence at the mall to address the condition and turn the thousands of students away and send them back home, apparently a few rogue groups managed to cause trouble while heading home,” Capt. Anthony Tasso of the 88th Precinct said in a statement.

A spokeswoman for the sports bar, which has 635 locations nationwide, said that the “Wing Tuesdays” promotion was not directed solely at students.

More likely, the crowds were driven by circumstance: this week’s 50-cent wing night fell on the day before Veteran’s Day — when schools were closed.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, but we weren’t enticing kids to come,” Liz Brady, the spokeswoman said.

Then again, it’s not the first time a buffalo wing binge has gone haywire at that location. James said that other promotions at the eatery have required police intervention.

She added that cops had approached her after the incident and said, “We got to do something about Wild Wings.” Of course, crime at the Atlantic Terminal Mall doesn’t only occur at the wing joint. Just last week, a man entered a candy store, brandished a gun and made off with the cash in the register — and the money in the tip jar, too.

Perhaps that’s why Capt. Tasso declined to characterize the three-year-old restaurant, which actually serves other things than wings, as a troublespot.

If there is any good news to come of the suspension of the cheap Tuesday wing promotion, it is this: a recorded phone message at Buffalo Wild Wings still says that the 60-cent “Boneless Thursdays” will go on as scheduled.

Updated 5:15 pm, July 9, 2018: Story was updated with more details about the shooting.
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Reasonable discourse

Mr James from Fort Greene says:
It's impressive to see such action on the part of a dedicated Councilwoman. If only she new what she were talking about, and had a greater ability to speak for everyone she's never spoken with. It makes me proud to learn that yet another politician follows the grand tradition of doing nothing more than talking out her ass.
Nov. 13, 2009, 4:39 am
Jane from Park Slope says:
Oh no, is the wing gravy train really over? The title of this article has gotten me so scared - don't end the wing gravy train!
Nov. 13, 2009, 4:52 am
Kevin Walsh from Little Neck says:
Why not take the guns away from teens instead of 50 cent wings?
Nov. 13, 2009, 3:27 pm
Pete from Slope says:
I was there on Tuesday and the situation on the second floor was barely under control.

Manhattan gets the Time Warner Center and we get a half empty mall with Payless Shoes and Chuck E. Cheese. Yet another great development brought to you by Bruce Ratner.

"Trust Bruce Ratner." - Michael Bloomberg, 2003
Nov. 13, 2009, 3:46 pm
jay from BK says:
high five kevin walsh!
Nov. 13, 2009, 4:51 pm
Joe from Boerum Hill says:
Why not take the guns away from teens instead of 50 cent wings?"

I've had the pleasure of personally relieving three young citizens of their illegal paperweights during this past summer and handing them over to the local LEOs.
Nov. 14, 2009, 1:54 am
Jesse from Elmhurst says:
What kind of idiot blames a restaurant for offering a good deal?

Maybe if these punk kids weren't raised to be wastes of life, people could enjoy a night out without any fear of getting shot.
Nov. 14, 2009, 3:55 pm
Petey Boy from Downtown says:
Good job Tish. Threaten to revoke the lease of an establishment that employs your own constituents. This is the type of incident that occurs when you are a councilwoman that represents savages.
Nov. 14, 2009, 4:54 pm
Oldbaby from Fort Greene says:
OK, LT blaming the business owner for having a promotion is just WRONG!!! Seriously, here's a thought, you know the kids are the ones causing all the trouble (gangs perhaps?), you also know that the Atlantic Center is a hot bed of crime, why don't you set up undercover cops there? Cameras would also be a good idea. Another thought is that if the kids are the ones causing the problems, go to the schools where they are coming from and nab them! DUH. Really it's not that hard. 88th should get more man power on the streets, this is just pathetic. I personally know to keep my guard up after 3:30 - 4 pm when the brats are out. (not all of them are brats, but there are a lot of them that are). I know you're thinking, my kids would never behave that way, WAKE UP! If they act like hoods most likely they're behaving like hoods. They want to play adult, then they should suffer the consequences as an adult.
Nov. 14, 2009, 8:05 pm
what a world from south brooklyn says:
hahahahaha.... this city gets crazier and crazier... Blacks riot and shoot up a restaurant and Black Politician blames the restaurant. Blacks don't pursue education, politicians blame the School system... Blacks don't marry and raise children in traditional family structure, Black "leaders" and liberals blame society. remember never embrace actual logic which would mean we would have to admit blacks don't function in large numbers in this society nor any other such civilized society on earth. fact.
Nov. 15, 2009, 10:28 am
Ikah Lee from Bed-Stuy says:
Thats some racist ——.
Nov. 17, 2009, 8:01 pm
Ikah Lee from Bed-Stuy says:
Thats some racist shiit.
Nov. 17, 2009, 8:01 pm
Sam says:
Its definitely the restaruant's fault, don't blame the little criminals, ITS SOCIETY'S FAULT!!!!

Leticia James is a waste of skin.
Nov. 18, 2009, 1:48 pm
Mike from Clinton Hill says:

This is what passes for leadership these days - blaming restaurants for shootings? Please. Perhaps if Councilwoman James did a better job of working for legislation that strengthens the community rather than trying to name a subway station after Michael Jackson, maybe you'd be able to go out for chicken without running the risk of getting shot. Not for nothing, James represents an impoverished area and she's getting on someone who provides jobs in the community. Nice.
Nov. 18, 2009, 3:30 pm
mg from Ft Greene says:
I find it incredibly racist that Letitia James would imply that black people can't control themselves around BBQ chicken or a lack thereof and thus they must be denied it.
Nov. 18, 2009, 6:09 pm
StuyInMyEye from Bedford-Stuyvesant says:
Wow, I love the racist rhetoric. Not surprising though. FG/Ch used to be a placed where people of all races actually said hello as they passed in the street. Now it's filled with some the whitest, most "entitled", soul-less segregationist I've ever encountered. Have you ever hung around Windsor Terrace? Staten Island? And yes, crusty/crunchy Park Slope? All people have members of their "community" who are savage. So please with all of that.
June 18, 2010, 10:04 am
Erectus from The Neighborhood says:
“I want this Tuesday restaurant promotion stopped, or the lease of this business revoked,” James said.

Why in the world should the business have its license revoked because some hood rats couldn't resist the urge to shoot one another over cheap, low-quality fried chicken?

The fact that Letitia James isn't laughed out of office for such obvious demogoguery says everything one needs to know about the poor state of New York borough politics.

StuyInMyEye, no one denies that every group has its pathetic members, but the facts here are these: a group of mostly black punks misbehaved, a black politician provided cover for their poor behavior, and no one bothers to bring up the degeneracy of either the punks themselves or Letitia James for fear of being called a racist simply for noticing bare facts.

That's nonsense, and it's about time people felt confident enough to call a spade a spade.
Sept. 27, 2010, 10:11 pm
Cynthia from Clinton hill says:
That resturants is kinda ghetto.i went in there once to use the bathroom and i thought OMG. ill pass.i went to target instead.i didnt think it was safe enough to use the bathroom.
Nov. 11, 2010, 4:57 am

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