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Wings on menu at mall eatery

The Village at Vintage Faire will add its long-awaited second free-standing restaurant.

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will break ground on a new, 400-seat site early next month. The restaurant will be across from BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse and will open in the fall.

The 8,900-square-foot restaurant also will have a large covered patio.

Vintage Faire Mall Senior Marketing Manager Janice Curtin said the space had been planned as a restaurant since The Village opened in November 2008.

Several other chains had considered opening at the site, including California Pizza Kitchen and the Cheesecake Factory.

"Their idea is you come in, pull up tables and stay as long as you want," she said. "It's a real casual atmosphere built with the idea that a customer comes in with their family or a large group to stay and play and have a good time while they're eating."

Buffalo Wild Wings features 14 signature sauces ranging from honey BBQ to teriyaki and Caribbean jerk. Besides wings, it also has burgers, salads, wraps, ribs, sandwiches and more.

Headquartered in Minneapolis, the national chain was started in 1982 by a former Buffalo resident looking for authentic wings in his new home state of Ohio. Since then the franchise has added more than 595 restaurants in 40 states.

The chain has only one other Northern California location, in Dublin. It joins BJ's and Chipotle as the eateries in the new section of the mall.

"I think this expands the dining options," Curtin said. "It is a different concept with the big sports bar and the large outside patio. It will give a different vibe to The Village and the feel that you are sitting out in the middle of it."

For more details, go to www.buffalowildwings.com.

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Bowlers can now play around the clock in Modesto.

Starting Monday, Yosemite Lanes is going 24-hour. The longtime Modesto bowling center is going back to its always-open format from the 1990s in an effort to bring in more business, said Bill Heyden, co-manager.

"With the economy we needed to extend our times and keep it open," Heyden said. "We're hoping it will spur people to come in at the summertime, maybe after they are done at the bars or at the fair. There is really not much to do after 12 a.m. in Modesto."

Heyden said Yosemite Lanes also would welcome late-night league play, something for third or swing-shift workers who want to get together after work.

Yosemite Lanes, 2301 Yosemite Blvd., was open 24 hours a day in the '90s before current owner Jim Gordin took over in 1999.

The facility will be open to all ages and will have security on duty. The bar will close at 2 a.m., and the restaurant will close between 10 p.m. and midnight, depending on how busy it is.

Fees from midnight to 8 a.m. will be $2 per game with $2 shoe rentals.

Normal fees and rentals range from $1 each from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and $3 to $5 each during prime-time hours.

The 32-lane facility has been open since 1961. For more information, call 524-9161 or go to www.yosemitelanes.com.

Have an item for Business Beat? Contact Marijke Rowland at The Modesto Bee, P.O. Box 5256, Modesto 95352; 578-2284; or mrowland@modbee.com.

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