Buffalo Wild Wings is an American casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise in the United States, Canada, Mexico, The Philippines, Dubai, and United Arab Emirates which specializes in chicken wings and sauces. As of February 2015, it had 1,070 locations (485 directly owned by the company, and 585 franchised locations) across all 50 U.S. states and DC. An alternate nickname in recent usage by the company is B-Dubs. Buffalo Wild Wings was co-founded in 1982 by Jim Disbrow, Scott Lowery and Bernard Spencer. Disbrow, Lowery and Spencer came up with the idea one weekend when they got together in Kent, Ohio, for Disbrow to judge an amateur figure skating competition at Kent State University in 1980. They decided to open up their own restaurant, first in Columbus, Ohio, and then in Westerville, Ohio one year later.