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Monday, June 21, 2010

Wing City Grille Coming To Lakewood

By Dennis Phillips

LAKEWOOD - If you live in the Lakewood area, wishing there was a new restaurant to try, wait just one more month and your wish will come true.

In July, the Wing City Grille restaurant will open at 273 E. Fairmount Ave., the former location of Ponderosa. The Wing City Grille is already known in the Fredonia area, where it has been in operation for more than five years. Andrew Carlson, owner, said Lakewood was an ideal community for a second location.

''We're excited to come to Lakewood. I think the village needs something new,'' he said. ''I'm from Bemus (Point). I grew up in the area and it is nice to stay local.''

Carlson, along with his partner in the business David Jett, hopes to open the new restaurant in July, with no date set yet for a grand opening. He said the new spot will be very similar to the restaurant in Fredonia, but a little more modern.

''It is a place for family fun, affordable meals,'' he said. ''You can find most meals priced between $8 to $9. If you serve good food, provide a good atmosphere, people will come back.''

Carlson said there is a 14-page menu, with everything homemade from entrees to Buffalo wings to burgers.

''Everything is made from scratch and you can tell when you eat it,'' he said. ''I like to see people leaving full and happy.''

Carlson said the restaurant will open around 11 a.m. for lunch and then stay open through the dinner time hours into the night. At night, though, there will be entertainment aimed for an older audience with jazz and blues band nights planned to go along with trivia and karaoke nights.

''It's a family, but also a casual place. We have video games for kids during the day and at night will have entertainment for the adults. Not a lot of places around here that do a jazz or blues night, and do it right.''

Carlson said the restaurant has been renovated, which took more than four months. He said everything is new from its roof to electrical work to plumbing.

''It's a brand-new building,'' he said.

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