September 9, 2010
Quaker Steak & Lube® Nabs Festival Favorite Title at Buffalo Wing Festival
SHARON, Pa.-- Quaker Steak & Lube®'s fresh, never frozen, Buffalo-style chicken wings earned the Festival Favorite award at the 2010 National Buffalo Wing Festival, held over Labor Day weekend in the namesake's birthplace, Buffalo, N.Y. The 71,000 attendees made The Lube® their overwhelming favorite, outselling the 38 restaurants in attendance.
“"We've been serving wings for nearly 35 years. Of course we're a fan favorite," joked Quaker Steak & Lube® co-founder and current board vice chairman Gary Meszaros. "In all seriousness, it's a real honor to win this award in a competition that every year brings out the very best in wings and sauces."”
“Quaker Steak & Lube® always brings its ‘A game’ so I am not at all surprised it won the Festival Favorite award,” said Wings King Drew Cerza. “The Lube® has been with the festival since the beginning and is part of the reason it has become such a big success.”
Quaker Steak & Lube® served its first wing in 1976, but guests of the cook-your-own steakhouse showed little interest. So, The Lube® starting putting a free wing on every plate. Now, they are The Lube®’s signature item and America's most popular finger food.
"I think it's the freshness of our chicken and our range of sauces – from Ranch to Triple Atomic heat – that really keeps the wing craze relevant with customers and makes The Lube® a fan favorite, even outside America's number one wing festival," added Meszaros.
About Quaker Steak & Lube®
"Voted Best Wings USA, Quaker Steak & Lube® is a fun, family-oriented restaurant with a Motorabilia™ themed atmosphere. Founded in 1974, Quaker Steak & Lube® features unique décor, including race cars, motorcycles, Corvettes and gas station memorabilia decorating the walls. The Lube®, as fans call it, owns or franchises 39 locations in 12 states and Canada. Its history is rich with a cult following, crave-able food, high-octane events and a successful retail sauce business. Visit www.quakersteakandlube.com for more information.
About the National Buffalo Wing Festival
The idea for the festival came from a movie called "Osmosis Jones." Bill Murray starred as a compulsive eater with a goal of attending the Super Bowl of junk food, The National Buffalo Wing Festival. Ironically, there wasn't one. That’s when native Buffalonian Drew Cerza, now known as the Wing King, decided to make it happen. Since its first year in 2002, more than 400,000 festival-goers from all 50 states and more than 30 countries have enjoyed more than 137 tons of wings. Visit http://www.buffalowing.com for more information.