4. Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar franchise owner John Weiler has a bittersweet story about why he decided to open the sports-themed eatery in the Chicago market.
Weiler was no stranger to the franchise system. He was part of a group that owned six Blockbuster stores before selling them in 1998. While looking for his next franchised concept, Weiler and his wife went to visit their daughter at Miami University of Ohio. There she insisted that they eat at Buffalo Wild Wings, or B-Dubs, as it's unofficially known.
After walking into the restaurant and seeing how packed it was on a Friday night as well as how much his daughter talked up the place, he smelled a business opportunity (and probably some darn good wings). Weiler ended up speaking with the manager of the Oxford, Ohio, location for a half-hour and found out there were none in the Chicago market. When he got back to Chicago, he began the process of securing franchise rights."We've just been very fortunate to have a concept that people received well," he says. "Right when we set up