Wrath of the Wingnuts…It took awhile for Squid to understand all the fuss over In-N-Out, but a few animal-style cheeseburgers later, Squid gets it. Now Squid’s ready to taste the Kool-Aid over at Buffalo Wild Wings, the chain that opened up this morning in Seaside’s City Center.
The fervor has something to do with the 16 wing flavors. The TVs at practically every table. The beers on tap, happy hours and cheap-date specials. Whatever it is, it’s got Squid’s pals salivating.
The Facebook buzz last Friday sent Squid undulating to the corner of Broadway and Obama Way. Turns out that was just a friends-and-family preview, and Squid was turned away. So Squid set Squid’s iPhone alarm to 11am today, at which point, as the Weekly reported last week, the Buff was baiting the first 100 patrons with a coupon book worth a free half-dozen wings per week for a whole year.
The management prepped by bringing in Port-A-Potties, stepping up security and letting the Seaside Police know people might be camping out. And they did: Buffalo buffs apparently started settling in around 5pm last night. Those still there at 6:30am today were given about 120 coupons and dispersed.
By 9:30am, a fresh crowd of about 80 more people had lined up outside the Steelers-colored storefront. The first two in line said they’d been waiting since 8am. “Yes, they’re that good,” said Kara Schaffer of Pacific Grove.
"It's not that the chicken is that good, but the sauces are the best," added her friend, Taylor Bates. "Asian zing is my favorite."
Some of the later early bird-eaters got mad because they’d read in the Weekly that coupons wouldn’t be handed out until 11am. Manager Jeff Evans decided to give them coupons as well.
He eventually ran out of coupons, but took customers’ addresses and promised to mail them the goods. “We tried to rectify it best we could,” he says. “We will have ended up handing out nearly 300 total coupon books.”
That’s almost 10,000 wings from nearly 5,000 chickens. Squid gets dizzy at the thought. No, make that hungry.