Wild Wings arrives

When it comes to getting something for free, many people are apt to do just about anything, including braving sub-freezing temperatures overnight in a parking lot.

With Buffalo Wild Wings offering free chicken wings up to a year to the first 100 people Monday, many people decided to camp outside the new eatery along the East Third Street Golden Strip in Loyalsock Township.

“That’s typical,” said Buffalo Wild Wings Regional Manager Peter Helfrich. “They started lining up yesterday. They brought tents. They brought heaters.”

They included the likes of Colin Fausnaught and Richard Scott, both of Williamsport, who arrived at 5 p.m. Sunday to wait in line.

“It was cold,” Scott said. “We came to get free wings.”

Beth Kendall, of Allenwood, didn’t come to get wings or eat anything off the menu but just to see what kind of crowd would arrive at the restaurant when it opened.

She wasn’t disappointed as the place was packed with patrons at 11 a.m.

The restaurant seats about 250 people, according to Helfrich.

“It’s a nice place if you want to watch a game,” Kendall said, explaining that she’s been to Buffalo Wild Wings establishments in other communities.

More than 900 of the restaurants can be found nationwide.

Kendall said she likes the food.

In addition to wings, the restaurant serves specialty burgers and sandwiches, finger foods, wraps, salads and naked tenders.

Big-screen televisions bring football games and other sporting events to customers.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students Chris Huges and Derek Anderson were among the other campers who wanted to get a jump on the free wings giveaway.

They even brought their own couch, along with blankets and plenty of warm clothing for their overnight stay.

“It was cold,” Huges said. “It’s an experience. Something to do once in your lifetime.”

The two students arrived outside the restaurant at 5 p.m. Sunday to be among the lucky customers grabbing free wings.

With early-morning frost arriving in the area overnight, the two admitted it was tough to keep warm.

“It was still cold,” Anderson said.

Helfrich said about 130 people are employed at the restaurant.

Buffalo Wild Wings will be open seven days a week.