Don’t Play Chicken: What Wings Shortage Means for Buffalo and What Happens Next

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Consequently, prices have risen on common from 55 to 60 cents per wing, even earlier than they’re cooked and paired with celery and blue cheese.

At that price, “the wings aren’t even value promoting proper now,” stated Mike Wylke, proprietor of Brick Oven pizzeria and pub on Grand Island. His rooster wing prices have tripled up to now 14 months, he stated.

“We’re simply biting the toad proper now,” he stated.

The Brick Oven’s menu – with Italian dinners, wraps, burgers, tacos – is broad sufficient and different that the restaurant would not need to rely solely on pizza and wing gross sales.

Nonetheless, there isn’t a approach to keep away from native shopper demand for wings. Whereas they could be an afterthought for eating places in different elements of the nation, wings are a should within the Buffalo Niagara area.

In enterprise for 30 years, Wylke is used to cost fluctuations associated to produce and demand, particularly with rooster wings.

“It goes up and down. Yearly through the soccer playoffs it goes up and down somewhat bit,” he stated.

Carla Infantino, a 22-year veteran waitress, says she has by no means seen costs for rooster wings so excessive. She and others on the Brick Oven Pizzeria and Pub on Grand Island are hoping that costs will quickly return to regular.

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As a big restaurant, which might seat round 250 individuals in the summertime, Brick Oven is in a greater place than small pizzerias that can’t purchase in such massive portions. Nonetheless, Wylke has solely raised costs barely and the price range is tight.



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