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Dinosaur BBQ to serve at Bills games

Fans of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will be able to get their fix of pulled pork, chicken and more at Ralph Wilson Stadium starting this August, the Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday.

The restaurant chain will operate its own stand-alone concession inside the stadium gates by the Buffalo Bills store, preparing and serving a variety of menu items. The Ralph is the first stadium location where Dinosaur will operate a concession. Jim Clancy, director of catering operations for Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, called it a unique relationship between the venue and the restaurant, noting that with other vendors, food is handled by Delaware North, which operates concessions at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

In addition, a limited selection of Dinosaur food choices will be available elsewhere in the stadium. Pulled pork will be available at concessions until the amount that Delaware North orders from the chain sells out, Clancy said. Attendees in stadium suites will have the option of dining on a pre-set menu of pulled chicken, pulled pork and rib hacks, he said.

The deal between the team and the restaurant chain had been in the works since the Bills played the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium last October, when Bills officials spoke with Dinosaur owner John Stage about a possible sponsorship. The agreement was completed a few weeks ago, Clancy said. The chain had previously offered a suite menu in conjunction with Delaware North during the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.

“It was sort of our first dipping our toe in the water with stadium operations, and we were very happy with the outcome,” Clancy said.

The stand-alone concession will be up and running for the Bills’ first preseason game on Aug. 14, and will be open when gates open throughout the season, Clancy said.

Bottles of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que “Sensuous Slathering” sauce will also be available at local retailers featuring a Bills helmet on the bottle and noting that the chain is an official sponsor of the team.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que originated in 1983 and opened its first restaurant in Syracuse in 1988. It has since expanded and opened other New York locations, including in Rochester, Albany and Buffalo. The chain’s Franklin Street location opened in February 2014. Dinosaur has since ventured out of New York State, and opened a Chicago location in April.

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