The Anchor Bar in 2007
|Food type||Italian |
|Street address||1047 Main St.|
|Other information||Phone: (716) 884-4083|
The Anchor Bar is a bar and restaurant in Buffalo, New York, located north of Downtown Buffalo at the intersection of Main and North Streets. The restaurant was initially established in 1935. The bar is most famous for allegedly being the birthplace of spicy chicken wings known outside the Buffalo area as Buffalo wings.
It became famous for its claim to be the location of the invention of the Buffalo-style chicken wing.
Frank Bellissimo died in October of 1980 at the age of 84.
Teressa Bellissimo, who opened the Anchor Bar with her husband Frank, and is credited with inventing the Buffalo Wing, died in her apartment above the bar in November of 1985. She was 84.
Dominic, the son of Frank and Teressa, who later owned the establishment and actively promoted the bar and its wings, died in March of 1991 at the age of 68.
On November 20, 2018, Ivano Toscani, owner of the Anchor Bar, died from a long illness eight days before his 69th birthday. Toscani began working for the Bellissimos at the bar in the mid-1970s. 
Buffalo, New York’s now-famous Anchor Bar Restaurant’s association with Buffalo wings originated in the 1960s.
On March 4th, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar. Late that evening, a group of Bellissimo’s friends arrived at the bar. He asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat. With little food left, Teressa took some chicken wings, which were normally used for soups or thrown out, deep-fried them and put a mixture of Frank's RedHot sauce, butter, cayenne pepper and other ingredients on them. She brought out some cut celery and blue cheese for dipping as hors d'oeuvres. That began a Buffalo tradition.
The wings were initially offered free of charge.
Authentic Buffalo Wings are never battered. They are not grilled, but only deep-fried and slightly crispy. The sauce is added after the wing has been cooked. “Wings,” as they are called in Buffalo (versus “Buffalo Wings) are traditionally served with chunky blue cheese dressing and celery (freshly cut carrots are often served, as well).
In 2007, Iron Chef and Food Network personality Bobby Flay appeared at the Anchor Bar for a Buffalo wing "throwdown" with the self-proclaimed "Wing King", Drew Cerza. On the August 8, 2008 episode of Primal Grill with Steven Raichlen on PBS, Raichlen said that "the Buffalo wing was born at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York in 1964."
In 2013, a quick service version of The Anchor Bar opened at the Darien Lake amusement park about half an hour away from Buffalo. This location has a limited menu compared to the original, but still offers the original wing sauce both on wings and sold in bottles along with other menu choices.
On May 17, 2018, Anchor Bar opened in New York City. 
The Anchor Bar has a restaurant location in the Main Terminal at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
In Popular Culture
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- Wilson, Paul (August 23, 2012). "Buffalo's Anchor Bar wings it to downtown Hamilton". CBC News. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
- Epting, Chris. James Dean Died Here. p. 18. ISBN 1-891661-31-0.
- An Attempt to Compile a Short History of the Buffalo Chicken WingThe New Yorker, accessed December 27, 2009
- McNeil, Harold; Anderson, Dale (November 20, 2018). "Ivano Toscani, Anchor Bar general manager, dead at 68". The Buffalo News. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
- "Hamilton Breaking News - Hamilton's Online Newspaper - TheSpec.com". TheSpec.com.
- "Anchor Bar to open location at Darien Lake". Archived from the original on 2013-05-01. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
- "Anchor Bar Opens on Transit Road". The Buffalo News. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014.
- "Listing" (PDF). www.anchorbarcanada.com.
- Fink, James (30 April 2015). "'A lot at stake' for Anchor Bar's Vegas location – Buffalo – Buffalo Business First". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved 2015-05-01.
- "Anchor Bar Pulls The Plug at The Grand Canal Shoppes".
- "Anchor Bar sails into Toronto". 18 October 2016.
- "New York City". www.anchorbar.com.
- "Popular American Wing Resto Officially Open in Mississauga". Retrieved 2018-06-19.
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