HANFORD — Buffalo Wild Wings opened its Hanford restaurant on the Fourth of July.
About 180 people lined up – some with sleeping bags and tents – in anticipation of the 10 a.m. grand opening, said general manager Jerry Jones.
"The first 100 people in line got free wings for a year," said Jones. "It's a coupon book you get when we open any Buffalo Wild Wings."
Local radio station KFUN welcomed the crowd as did Hanford mayor Justin Mendes.
The restaurant has been planned for two years. The nearest locations are in Fresno and Visalia.
Hanford resident Mario Hernandez said he's happy to have a local restaurant because he used to drive to the Visalia location for wings. He ordered the honey barbecue wings Monday and bought along his baby daughter for a taste.
"It was good, a nice atmosphere," he said.
Jones said "the biggest thing" he wants people to know is that all Buffalo Wings restaurants raise money for the Boys & Girls Club.
"We do extra things for the Boys & Girls Clubs," he said. "We have special days during the year that we donate 100 percent of our proceeds back to the club."
The restaurant had pre-opening festivities June 30 and July 1-2 that raised money with local organizations.
Nearly $4,000 was raised for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Jones said.