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New downtown restaurant at former BW3 to open this month

Published: Tue, July 3, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The space that was formerly Buffalo Wild Wings will soon be occupied by a new restaurant, where the new owners say their operation will open as early as July 20.

Chris Sammarone, Brian Ridder and J.P. Daliman, all area attorneys, began their efforts about three months ago, when Ridder, who represented the former BW3 owner, said it was becoming evident the restaurant would be forced to close as the result of unmet design requirements from the franchise.

“Knowing that, we thought it would be a good turnkey situation,” Ridder said today. “The former owner simply could not find new property that met the demands of the franchise. At that point, we were able to reach an agreement on purchasing the assets and the liquor license.

Dooney’s Downtown Grille, as the new restaurant will be called, will offer a menu simpler than BW3, but it will also be expanded to add pizza and Mexican entrees as well, Ridder said. The men are shooting for a “sports-bar concept.”

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1nativio289(3 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Wow! I was wondering when the valley would get another sports bar! Golly!

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2JquanJigabooJohnson(5 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Really? Aren't there enough of these peppered around the Mahoning county? They could have turned that space into a number of things let alone another shady sports bar. Pizza and Mexican doesn't sound like a good combination either they need to stick with one type of menu or the other.

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3TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Good news. A quick turnaround on a valuable piece of real estate, relatively speaking.

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4jerryvalley(26 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Those are three very nice people. I wish them well.

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5Boardman120(82 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

While I am happy this space won't go empty for long, and I'm also happy that they will continue with the Parties on the Plaza, I also agree with the comments about the sports bar/pizza/Mexican comments. Typical of the total lack of vision that Youngstown is known for.

I'll wager a dollar that the place will be a dead ringer for BW3, minus the logo.

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6pjohn(25 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

its a huge party stop for ysu students. It's not ghetto. I hope this place works. Its a great location for a multitude of reasons. Iwill definitely go (student)

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7walter_sobchak(2590 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

When this story broke, I was skeptical about the reason for the BW3 closing being corporate design requirements. But, after stopping at the Austintown location, they are serious. More available seating and tons of TV's on the walls. I think there are 48 TV's, which is good because 30 just isn't enough! I wish the new owners luck in their endeavor.

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8USMC0331(152 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Lol! Typical haters. With BW3's gone that leaves no sports bar downtown. Its a great idea. Some things will be the same as BW3's but i can bet that with time they'll upgrade and make their own signature on the place.

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9BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago


You clearly have not been downtown. I have, and on a regular basis, so let me clear some things up for you. Firstly, there are hardly ever thugs hanging out all over with pants to the ground. For anyone who actually comes to the downtown area this assertion just sounds ridiculous.

Secondly, I would wager that downtown, with YPD, the sheriffs department and YSU police within a few blocks, is the safest place in the city. Set your bias aside and think about how much actual crime do you hear taking place in the downtown.

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10city_resident(528 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

zz3, are you kidding???
1. That was NINE years ago.
2. It was a traffic stop; it could have happened anywhere.

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11city_resident(528 comments)posted 3 years, 10 months ago

Who says crime hasn't gotten better downtown in the last nine years? Can you provide stats that prove otherwise? IMO, downtown has been, and probably still is, one of the safest places in the area.

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