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Doc Sullivan's sold, 'Smitty's style' wings staying

Doc Sullivan’s, the South Buffalo tavern known for its “Smitty's style” wings, is getting freshened up under new owners – but the Smitty's wings will stay the same.

“The wings are going to stay exactly the same, and we’ll expand the menu a bit and add some wings for people who don’t like Smitty’s,” said Thomas Cowan, who bought the place with a partner. “We’re going to put a little bit of money into it, and spruce it up a little bit.”

[Read more on "Smitty's style" wings from Andrew Galarneau's Out to Eat from 2013]

The changes at the tavern, 468 Abbott Road, are slated for mid-September. Cowan is also an owner of Dog e Style, the Genesee Street hot dog emporium.

Doc Sullivan's will be spruced up under new ownership. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Doc Sullivan's will be spruced up under new ownership. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Cowan said he values Doc Sullivan’s place in the hearts of neighborhood eaters and drinkers. He grew up on Tuscarora Road, a few blocks away.

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Cowan thinks the legend of Smitty wings – seasoned with an unusual spice mixture that leaves eaters guessing – can go further. “The owners did an awesome job with it as a neighborhood bar,” he said. “I’d like to get that recipe out all over Western New York so that people will stop by and try those wings.”

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