Anchor Bar

Anchor Bar is home of "the original wing" since 1964. The restaurant has been open since 1935 at it's first location in Buffalo, NY.

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Anchor Bar Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2022


The Anchor Bar has been in business for over fifty years and has received multiple prestigious culinary awards. We are also known as the birthplace of the Buffalo Chicken Wing. The success of the wing sauce and the national shipping has opened a new opportunity for the Anchor Bar to franchise. There are currently only ten locations worldwide and we are looking to aggressively expand our store locations.

The story of the Buffalo chicken win began when Dominic Bellissimo, son of Anchor Bar owners Frank and Teressa Bellisimo, was bartending late one night in March 1964, when a group of friends came in for a drink. As expected, the guys got hungry, so Dominic asked his mother to fix something. Teressa went into the kitchen and found some chicken wings that were too exquisite for the soup stock. She deep fried them, tossed them in a spicy red sauce recipe and served them up with a side of blue cheese and celery sticks. The rest is history.

Today, 50 years later, The Original Anchor Bar location serves up more than 70,000 pounds of chicken wings per month and its bottled wing sauce now retails in over 5,000 supermarkets worldwide. Consumers can even purchase Anchor Bar's famous wings online and have them shipped anywhere in the country.

Franchisees opening a traditional location will need 5,000 to 6,000 square feet of space, will receive a protected area and can open multiple locations if qualified. While restaurant experience is helpful it is certainly not required. The training, support and coaching the franchisees receive is exceptional and ongoing in all phases from site selections to operations. Our operations team regularly visits franchisees on site long after they have launched. We are a brand with deep history and culinary achievement, great atmosphere and growth potential for franchisees to build entire markets.

Of the many distinctive Awards earned by the Anchor Bar, perhaps the most prestigious would be our two "James Beard Foundation Awards"

Company Details

Established: 1935
First Unit Franchised: 2009
Franchised Units: 14
Company Owned Units: 1
States Registered In:
Canada Franchises: Yes
International Franchises: Yes

Support and Training Offered By Anchor Bar

Financial Assistance Provided: No
Site Selection Assistance: Yes
Lease Negotiation Assistance: Yes
Recruiting Assistance: Yes
Co-Operative Advertising: Yes

We are dedicated to the success of our franchise network.  For this reason, each restaurant owner can expect consistent support from Anchor Bar Franchise & Development, LLC.

Although we are not required to provide on-site assistance, we will determine if a franchisee would benefit from having a representative from the home office in the field as an extra layer of support.  The staff at our home office is always available via phone or email to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

We will assist you in your efforts to select and obtain a site by providing guidance and evaluating information you gather on locations you are considering.

When deemed appropriate, we may develop a franchisee advisory council program.  The purpose is to exchange ideas and problem solving methods.  This will foster communication between us and all franchisees, as well as among franchisees.

Training is a high priority for us.  Before your location opens, we will provide an extensive training program covering all aspects of the operations of an Anchor Bar restaurant.  This initial instruction will be one to three weeks.  This program will include a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on experience working in one or more fully operating Anchor Bar locations.

We have secured relationships with key suppliers.  As a result of combined buying power, you will receive pricing discounts for products, equipment, and services.

We have established a corporate website that provides extensive information about Anchor Bar.  You would have your own restaurant listed on here for customers living in your area.  This is a great reference tool for potential customers and great for marketing as well.

We provide our franchisees with design assistance.  Once architectural plans are approved, we will also provide guidance for building out the location.

As an Anchor Bar franchisee, you will have the right to use the Anchor Bar name and marks in your protected territory in connection with the operation of your restaurant.

The training and support will never end as we strive to improve the Anchor Bar system.  We want you to remain current with industry trends.  We will develop new menu items and services and you will be required to learn.  This could be up to 10 days a year at a location designated by us.

Our ongoing support will also come in the form of updates to the manual, newsletters, bulletins, written reports and recommendations and refresher training programs.

We beleive nothing can replace the value of face to face contact.  So a representative from the home office may also visit you to provide hands on support.

2022 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Anchor Bar Franchise.

What does a Anchor Bar Franchise Cost?

Anchor Bar franchise fees for 2022:

Cash Investment: $140,000
Total Investment: $350,000 - $1,155,000
Minimum Net Worth: 
Franchise Fee: $50,000
Royalty: 5%
Ad: 1%
Average Number of Employees:
Item 19: Yes
Visa Candidates: No
Passive Ownership: No
Home Based: No
B2B: No
Master Franchise Opportunities: Yes
Veteran Discount: Yes

Is Anchor Bar a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Anchor Bar is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Anchor Bar a Home Based franchise?

No. Anchor Bar is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Anchor Bar Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Anchor Bar franchisees make. Anchor Bar offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Is Anchor Bar a Master Franchise Opportunity?

Yes. Anchor Bar is a master franchise opportunity. A master franchisee is responsible to recruit, train and support franchisees in their territory.

Does Anchor Bar Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Anchor Bar franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Does Anchor Bar Work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa Candidates?

No. Anchor Bar franchise does not work with E2 Visa and EB-5 Visa candidates.

Is Anchor Bar Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

Yes. Anchor Bar franchise is looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Anchor Bar Looking for International franchisees?

No. Anchor Bar franchise is not looking for International franchisees.

Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open


Cash Required

$100,000 - $250,000

Master Franchise


Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


E2 Visa Franchise


Anchor Bar Franchises for Sale

Click Here to inquire about existing Anchor Bar franchises for sale. We may have Anchor Bar franchise resales. A franchise resale is an already established franchise owned by a franchisee and the franchisee is looking to sell their franchise.

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