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Old 06-09-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Disney closing ESPN Zones nationwide

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Disney closing ESPN Zone restaurants nation-wide, including DC and Baltimore. Citing bad economy. 12 minutes ago via TweetDeck
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:50 PM   #2
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No big loss for sports fans especially if there's a Buffalo Wild Wings near you...man, that place is paradise.
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No big loss for sports fans especially if there's a Buffalo Wild Wings near you...man, that place is paradise.
So are the wings there legit?

We've got one opening in my area this summer.
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Old 06-09-2010, 03:54 PM   #4
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Closing June 16 in DC and Baltimore for those wondering

BWW wings are redonkulous!
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:06 PM   #5
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So are the wings there legit?

We've got one opening in my area this summer.
If bones were edible I would.

We don't have one in Seattle area yet but apparently getting a franchise open is super hard.
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Old 06-09-2010, 04:08 PM   #6
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Damn where will I buy stadium price beers at a non-stadium now! Huge loss!
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BWW is awesome. They may not beat your best local place's wing, but they are a good wing. 15 flavors to choose from (my fave: Mango Habanero), and Wing Specials weekly. Plus I think the closest one to me has at least 20 beers on tap, plus coolers full of bottles. Aside from the wings, think sports bar fried foods for the most part, but I haven't had anything there I didn't like.

As far as the Zones closing, I haven't been to a Zone in at least 5 years, so no big loss. What will be interesting in Baltimore and DC is to see what will take over their respective spaces.
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I like how they blame the bad economy and not their bad food and prices. If it was the economy then how come other chain stores are not closing their doors? A bad economy just weeds out the bad places faster.
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I would imagine the overhead to run those places is astronomical, between the restaurant, bar and game rooms, and the people to staff those areas. If they were any one of those 3, they'd be fine. Combining all 3 under one roof is much harder to maintain in a weaken economy.
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This has been developing for a while. The Atlanta and Denver Zones were closed last year to less fanfare. The economy definitely hurts, it's hurting the restaurant business overall as fewer people are opting for sit-down eat-out restaurants. And leasing the space in some of these markets (such as NYC) is an astronomical hit. Plus the novelty has really worn off, especially as more and more households have their own home theater systems to watch sports.
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This has been developing for a while. The Atlanta and Denver Zones were closed last year to less fanfare. The economy definitely hurts, it's hurting the restaurant business overall as fewer people are opting for sit-down eat-out restaurants. And leasing the space in some of these markets (such as NYC) is an astronomical hit. Plus the novelty has really worn off, especially as more and more households have their own home theater systems to watch sports.
All I know if I go by our local mall area with all the restaurants the parking lots are full. I know the economy hurts some but you could never tell by their parking lots. I'm talking chain rest. and localy owned places. Last Thursday night we went out to a restaurant and the place was packed from the time we entered to the time we left. I'm talking about a rest. that you cannot get out of for anything less then $100 and we dropped $200 that night. It would be intresting to hear what SS33 can add sense he is in the business.
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If bones were edible I would.

We don't have one in Seattle area yet but apparently getting a franchise open is super hard.
I have a friend that bites through the bone and sucks out some of the marrow. I do it on occasion.
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I went to ESPN Zone once and found no reason to return. It reminded me of TGI Fridays but with bathroom TVs. Talking about the one in NYC.
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I have a friend that bites through the bone and sucks out some of the marrow. I do it on occasion.
I would not go around telling people that you will sometimes suck a bone.
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I LOVE Buffalo Wild Wings. Basically it's like your favorite home-town dive sports bar but it's a chain. Daily drink specials, video trivia, contests, pretty good wings and I do love me some Asian Zing and Mango Habanero, my two favorites. Especially in college towns, the beer and liquor specials are insane. When my wife was working at Virginia Tech we got to know the bartenders at the Blacksburg BWW and they always gave us some swag when we watched VT or Redskins games. GREAT bar and restaurant.
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