Anchor Bar Brings America’s Favorite Food To Frederick


— Anchor Bar, home of the original Buffalo chicken wing since 1964, is expanding its world-famous franchise with its 16th restaurant opening here in Frederick at 5605 Spectrum Drive. Anchor Bar serves more than 1 million lbs. of chicken every year across its locations, with Americans consuming more chicken on average than anywhere else in the world – the number one protein consumed in the United States.

Here in Frederick, Anchor Bar’s newest franchisees were welcomed to the family with a special ribbon cutting ceremony including a citation presentations from US Senator Van Hollan and State Senator Young’s offices as well as speeches from Anchor Bar’s Franchise and Development Company CEO, Mark Dempsey and franchise owner Michael McCarthy.

With 40 large flat screens, the nearly 6,000 sq. ft. space has indoor and patio seating for more than 250 guest and walls filled with memorabilia, to replicate the original restaurant’s famous flair. All of Anchor Bar’s classic fare, including the original signature wings and sauces, boneless wings and fingers, will be served by its staff of 130 full and part-time employees.

“Americans all over our country love chicken wings, and we’re excited to offer our guests in the Maryland Area an opportunity to experience our James Beard Gold Medal Award Winning Wings,” said Mark Dempsey, CEO of the Anchor Bar Franchise & Development Company. “Our long-history of sharing America’s favorite food is built on family and that’s why it’s important that every Anchor Bar is run locally, by community business owners like Michael McCarthy. We’re excited to support Michael in this new endeavor and look forward to a long partnership.”

“I’ve worked with the biggest national restaurant chains all over the country and am extremely excited to open the first Anchor Bar in Maryland and continue this 55-year tradition of serving the best Buffalo Wings in America,” said Michael McCarthy. “When I decided to open a franchise restaurant, I couldn’t think of a better brand to bring here than the one that put chicken wings on the culinary map!”

The Anchor Bar Franchise & Development Company opened its first franchise location in 2009. Today, including our new Frederick Location, the company has 16 locations with five in Ontario, Canada; two in Texas; one in Rochester Hills, Michigan, Hell’s Kitchen, New York City; inside Six Flags Darien Lake Theme Park in Darien Center, N.Y.; and five in their home-town of Buffalo, NY including at the Buffalo Niagara Airport, Williamsville, Amherst, Niagara Falls, and the Original, on Main Street.

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About Anchor Bar

Owners Frank and Teressa Bellissimo first opened the doors to Anchor Bar in 1935, offering a menu that specialized in Italian cuisine. When Anchor Bar invented the chicken wing in 1964, the restaurant became a local treasure and foodie hot-spot.

Today, Anchor Bar serves up more than 1 million pounds of chicken a year, and its bottled wing sauce now retails in over 4,000 supermarkets worldwide. Consumers can even purchase Anchor Bar’s famous wings online and have them shipped anywhere in the country.