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The Dirty Buffalo®

Our Story


We’re More Than Just a Wing JointSM

Founded by Ryan Lynn, Russell Gilbert, Stephanie Gilbert

At The Dirty Buffalo®, we like to say, "We’re More Than Just a Wing JointSM.” Sure we have served millions of our signature, award-winning wings since we opened our doors in 2012, initially as a quick-service restaurant, and later as we expanded into multiple full-service restaurants in Hampton Roads, Virginia.  We also think we’ve perfected the method for preparing authentic Buffalo-style chicken wings so they come out fast, fresh, and consistently crispy every time.  Moreso, we offer over 40 unique, proprietary sauces and rubs.  Yes, we do all that, but what defines the culture and atmosphere at The Dirty Buffalo are Food, Friends, and Family. 

When we started The Dirty Buffalo® in 2012 we were just a couple of Western New York transplants looking for a place where we could enjoy a true “City of Good Neighbors” experience.  (Buffalo is nicknamed the City of Good Neighbors). We searched the southeastern Virginia area for a place with good wings and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that reminded us of home, but we just couldn’t find anything that fit the bill.  So we decided to open our own.

Originally, wings were going to be the focal point of our menu.  However, we also wanted to introduce outsiders to other iconic Western New York fare, like the “Dirty Plate.”  The Dirty Plate is a combination platter consisting of a protein (like pulled pork, steak, burgers, hot dogs, or chicken tenders) piled right on top of two homestyle sides and covered in a savory sauce.  It’s a Rochester New York staple and it turns out that everyone else loves it too! People flock to The Dirty Buffalo for our signature plate—featured on two separate national tv shows—the Dirty Chick®.  It’s two chicken tenders coated in sauce atop our famous mac ‘n cheese and crispy home-fried potatoes.


At The Dirty Buffalo®, we serve pretty simple American favorites, but in a unique and unexpected way (i.e. Dirty style).  By paying attention to the tiniest of details and providing unforgettable service to our guests, we’ve built a brand that is one of the fastest-growing businesses in the Hampton Roads area.  And we’d love to bring it to your hometown as well. 


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Our Restaurants

Northern-style comfort food

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We promote open, communal floor plans, simple décor, and a modern/industrial look to our stores. This makes the buildout of our locations fairly cost-effective compared to other restaurants of our size.

Most of our restaurants are 4000 to 5500 square feet and are in heavy-traffic areas close to large residential neighborhoods.  We prefer freestanding buildings to locations attached to a larger shopping center.

All restaurants include a separate entrance and/or exit for carryout patrons where guests can purchase bottled sauces or logoed merchandise and a gaming area for the kids.


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The Heart of a Buffalo

Our Values

Attention to detail 

We believe that good isn’t good enough. We never stop trying to do it better, no matter how good we are.


Legendary service 

Our goal is to provide such unique and genuine personal care and attention that our guests tell stories about us.



With a name like The Dirty Buffalo®, false impressions can arise before a guest even walks in the door. We constantly strive to keep this perception from becoming a reality by impressing our guests with a well-lit, meticulously clean, and effectively organized restaurant at all times.


Sense of community 

We pay homage to our namesake – the City of Buffalo – which is also nicknamed the “City of Good Neighbors.” We strive to bring the sense of community that Western New York is known for to our guests wherever they may reside.



We believe that a diverse workforce and customer base is a hallmark of success. We constantly strive to maintain a relaxed atmosphere free from any judgment in order to be inclusive of staff and guests of every race, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, marital status, education level, and income level.



We believe our continued success depends on teamwork. We know that great achievements are only possible by helping and respecting each other.



We recognize that honesty and trust form the bond that holds organizations and relationships together.


Personal accountability

We do what we say we are going to do when we say we are going to do it.

Why Invest?

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Once we receive your inquiry, we will reach out to you to begin conversations about franchising with The Dirty Buffalo.  This may include an initial call to determine if we are a good fit for you, as well as a more detailed review of our franchise system, the costs of investment, and your qualifications.


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After we share our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), we’ll ask you to fill out a Confidential Information Request Form so we can conduct a financial inquiry, background check, and credit clearance.


Our Franchising and Operations leadership team, including our founders, will meet with you to discuss your experience and the sites you have in mind for development.

3. Discovery Day

We will invite you to one of our corporate locations for a day in the life of a franchisee.


A Franchise Agreement will be completed upon all final approvals of all members of our Executive Team.



We require that our U.S. franchise candidates have a minimum of USD 250,000 in liquid assets and a net worth of USD 500,000.

Do I have to be an owner-operator?

We accept applications from individuals and groups who have little to no restaurant experience because, and we will train you to run a TDB store to our standards.  However, we ask that these individuals who have not operated or owned franchised brands in the past commit to being owner-operators who will spend at least 50 hours per week at their stores.


Experienced franchisees are not required to be owner-operators and may use their existing management teams or establish a team to run their TDB store(s).


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