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Of the 829 locations currently operating in the United States, 325 are company owned, while the remaining 504 are franchised. The chain is branded as a family-friendly sports bar, broadcasting games on 50 some-odd TV screens per location, serving chicken wings doused in any one of 14 signature sauces or four signature seasonings. An open restaurant layout allows for more fervid sports fans to stay close to action (and close to the bar), while parents and their kids can sit at tables set back from the carousing.

Investors are looking ahead to BWW's October 23 quarterly earning report, focusing on the increased price of wings, as noted by Market Watch, which has jumped 85% - 95% since 2011. This has driven up prices on menus; at some locations, these prices have jumped as high as 19% since January.

However, Collier tells Minyanville she has confidence in BWW's performance

"The wing segment has been very strong, and ahead of earnings I'm expecting top line [for Buffalo Wild Wings]. Yes, the margins have been affected because wing pricing has been set so high, but they've put more into menu pricing in August and September, and they are currently testing new ways of selling wings."

Collier is referring to BWW's pilot program to sell wings by weight versus number, currently in place at select locations.

"The only issue with them is their comparisons on a price-per-sales basis are very difficult over the next couple of quarters, but other than that, I think they're doing the right thing," Collier says.

Zack's Equity Research firm recently reiterated its long-term Neutral recommendation on Buffalo Wild Wings. RBC recently raised its outlook for the wing hawker to Outperform.

Granite City Food & Brewery

It all begins in a production facility in Ellsworth, Iowa, where barley is malted, mashed, lautered, boiled, and then put into travel-sized fermenting tanks and shipped to any one of Granite City Food & Brewery's (NASDAQ:GCFB) 28 locations across 11 states in the American heartland, not including the six operating Cadillac Ranch restaurants Granite City has acquired over the past two years.

Granite prides itself on an upscale dining experience and "All-American" cuisine partnered with hand-crafted beers, whose brewing process is completed on site.
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